As the cooler weather of fall settles in, there are a number of things to be done, both indoors and out, to prepare for winter.
While most people think of things like checking on their HVAC systems or winterizing their car, one thing that might not get their attention as the seasons change is their yard.
Allen Turney has owned and operated Allen’s Lawn Care since 1990. This time of year he is busy helping people get their yards ready for winter by aerating them and putting down lime fertilizer.
Aeration is the process of perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and other nutrients to get to the grass roots. This helps them grow deeper into the ground and allows for a more thriving lawn. The process also helps prevent and alleviate soil compaction.
Lime is a soil amendment made from ground limestone. It contains calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate, which help increase the soil’s pH levels to keep it from getting too acidic.
Combining these two processes with putting out new grass seed where it’s needed as you head into winter will result in a lawn that Turney says will “come back a little bit thicker and fuller than when you closed the door on it.”
One thing homeowners can do to help keep their yard looking nice through the winter and into next spring is to get the leaves out of the yard, especially if there’s a lot of them.
“A lot of people think that it helps the grass [to leave them] but it really doesn’t,” Turney said. “From what I’ve seen, it smothers the grass out and doesn’t let it grow like it should.”
Turney also provides mulching services for customers’ gardens, which helps insulate the soil underneath and keep the roots warm through the winter weather. He also trims back bushes and works to “get everything to look good for the fall.”
In addition to helping prepare yards for winter, Turney is still busy mowing grass, which he says keeps growing due to all of the rain we’ve had this year. But he says that’s just fine with him.
“I like being able to see my work,” he said. “If, when I get there, the grass is a foot or two feet tall, and when I leave it looks like a golf course, that’s what I like.”