No matter how many properties you have, the transition from fall to winter is a hectic and wet time. While autumn is beautiful, it does create a mess and intensifies the workload on your property. To keep the lawn as healthy as possible in the winter, and ready for spring, you’ll want to add these tasks to your to-do list.
When it comes to sprinkler systems, timing is everything near the end of fall. Your sprinkler system needs to be blown out, cleared of all standing water, and placed in hibernation at just the right time. Closing the system down too late can place unnecessary stress on the valves, seals, and pipes across the entire system, whereas turning the water off too early can deprive your trees, shrubs, and grass the nourishment they need before winter.
Gutters are a very important piece of your home’s well-being. They control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape. If left unattended the moisture from leaves, twigs, and rain water can attract mold, mildew, insects, and general rot. Gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, and honeycombs from bee infestations.
When snow falls on top of leaves, they get matted down on the turf and smother it until the snow melts several months later. This means the best way to avoid dead patches of grass in the spring is by raking or using a mulching mower in the fall. Excess leaves on the lawn also cause fungus, mold, and disease by blocking sunlight and reducing water evaporation even before winter arrives. Make sure your lawn is free from leaves before the snow comes.
Your grass doesn’t stop needed nutrients once the colder weather comes around, in fact, it might need a little more. Using a slow-release fertilizer in the fall enables your grass to soak up the nutrients it needs. The fertilization process also makes it possible for your grass to recover from the heat and stress of the summer and prepare for the dormant period of winter.
The main reason you should aerate is to regenerate the root system. Roots need ample oxygen to survive and grow. After months of being trampled on my dogs, kids, and neighbors, your grass becomes condensed and less able to breathe. Aeration allows you to open up the channels and get oxygen directly to the root system, while also allowing water to funnel in and create an undisturbed area for the rooms to grow.
No matter what the fall task is, it always takes time in order to do it correctly. To save yourself time and money, sign up for TaskEasy’s seasonal tasks. We will find you a quality vendor who will take care of your fall tasks easily and efficiently. Focus your time on other tasks, and we’ll get your property ready for winter.