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Winterize Your Lawn and Your Mower

Wednesday, October 31 2012 1:20 PM

If you listen to the lawn experts on the TV and radio, you’ve probably already heard them going on about how this is the prime time of year to winterize both your lawn and your mower. October is officially at an end and November is coming on strong. Weather reports are calling for seasonal periods of cooler weather across much of the nation. Pretty soon, we’ll start to see snowfall. So, to wrap up the lawn care season, we’ll offer a few tips on preparing your grass for the long winter nap.

As with the growing period between April and June, your grass needs to be fed to survive. In the spring season, we feed grass to keep it growing tall and green. In the coming winter months, we need to feed our grass to keep the roots growing below the surface of the soil. This kind of lateral root growth helps to ensure strong, healthy grass when the winter season comes to an end and the spring growth spurt starts. The other thing that winter fertilizer does for root growth is promote rhizomes. If you’ve never heard that word before, the simple definition is an extension of root growth that grows out from the primary root in a horizontal fashion. Rhizomes are like arms off the main root body under the dirt and a healthy production of rhizomes will ensure strong grass throughout your yard.

Speaking of grass strength, it may be wise to mention that snow build-up can be potentially damaging to your grass. Natural snowfall is fairly lightweight. Your grass can handle it and not suffer any damage. However, as most folks don’t think twice about shoveling off their driveway and tossing all that heavy snow into their yard, it should be known that big piles of heavy, compacted snow will do some serious damage to the grass beneath it. It’s perfectly okay to throw your snow from the driveway into the yard, but try to disperse it as evenly as you can throughout the throwing region. And if you get a hard icy freeze, try to stay off the lawn as much as you can. When grass blades freeze, they become (like anything else) very brittle and easy to permanently damage. If you’ve ever walked across a frozen lawn and heard that crunch, crunch, crunch of your footsteps, that’s the sound of grass blades snapping and breaking in their icy sheaths. Even though the blades are able to grow back, if you damage the crown (that thick, whitish part of the grass that pokes out of the top of the soil), the grass dies all the way from the blade to the root.

Winter is coming – there’s no denying it. But with the proper winterizing and a little care, your grass will be in great shape next spring. Go see your local lawn and garden center and ask for a bag of winterguard or winterizer or winter fertilizer (or whatever they call it in your town) and spread it out on the lawn. This is the time to do it!

Then you should get ready to put your mower up for the season as well. The MoJack line of lawn mower lifts, by the way, has been designed to lift nearly every mower type – making your blade removal and mower maintenance quick and easy. With the cold weather season coming on, don’t forget that it’s time to put up your mower or lawn tractor for the winter. Perform an end-of-season tune-up on your mower or lawn tractor to prepare it for storage over the winter.