Fall is the best time to start preparing your lawn for winter. It gives you plenty of time to get everything done before the cold weather hits, and it’ll make a big difference in how well your lawn can withstand Calgary’s harsh winters. Here are all the things you need to know about fall lawn care in Calgary:
Aerate and Overseed
When you aerate your lawn, you’re essentially creating holes in the soil. The hole helps to improve drainage and loosens up compacted soil.
It’s a good idea to aerate your lawn once every two years. Aerating in the fall means that any bare spots will have time to recover before winter arrives, so they won’t cause more damage when they freeze over again this year.
Fertilize, Stop Watering and Mow
The first step in preparing your lawn for winter is to fertilize it. In order to boost the grass’ growth and be able to withstand the cold temperatures, it needs nutrients such as nitrogen and potassium. This can be done by adding a granular fertilizer with a slow-release rate around mid-October, depending on the type of grass you have. The amount of fertilizer used should not exceed 20% of its dry weight, so if you have an area of 100 square feet (10 square meters), try using at least 1 pound (half a kilogram) of fertilizer per application. If your soil pH is low (around 6 or lower), then add lime; if it’s high (around 7 or above), then add sulfur. For example: “I use 10 pounds per acre” means that there are 2 million pounds in one acre (4 million square meters).
Summary About Fall Lawn Care in Calgary
The fall is the best time to aerate your lawn. Fall is also the ideal time to overseed your grass and fertilize it so that you have a lush, green lawn in the spring. Fall lawn care in is essential to the health of your lawn.
First, let’s start with aerating your lawn. We all know that Calgary winters can be harsh on our lawns but did you know that aerating your soil helps prevent damage from frost heaves? This process creates air pockets between the soil and grass roots which allow moisture from rain or snow to drain away from those roots instead of seeping into them and freezing up over time causing damage when temperatures rise again after winter.
Second, overseeding is an important part of any fall maintenance routine as well because it adds nutrients while also adding shade which helps prevent weeds from growing back throughout winter months when there isn’t much sunlight left during daylight hours (less sun = less photosynthesis = fewer nutrients available). Thirdly and finally we need to fertilize our lawns now before it gets too cold outside because once temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius then any fertilizer applied at this point won’t last long enough through winter months before it begins decomposing
We hope you’re as excited as we are to welcome the fall season. This time of year brings cooler weather, falling leaves and gorgeous colours! But don’t let that get in the way of keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful. By following these tips, you can ensure that your grass will stay green all winter long.
Contact us for a free fall lawn care quote!