Winter prep for spring lawn

With less than three weeks until Christmas, the last thing on your mind is how to prep your lawn for spring! However, the most effective lawn care is year round. Don’t let all of the hard work of spring and summer go to waste. 

With winter arriving, there are things you should do to prep your lawn for spring. This work will ensure a healthy lawn once spring arrives. 

To do list for spring lawn prep:

Remove heavy limbs from your lawn.

Heavy piles of anything cause compacted lawns, patchiness and dead grass. These piles also make great hiding places for rodents and pests waiting to get into your home.

Remove the last of the leaves.

Don’t just rake the leaves, remove the leaves. Piles of anything are not healthy for any lawn.

Aerate!

Aerate before the ground becomes frozen. Breaking through “thatch” is what allows air, water and nutrients to get down into the roots of your lawn. Whether using plugs or spikes to poke down through thatch, this process increases airflow and helps with drainage.

Water the lawn

Cold air and wind can dehydrate your grass. Give your lawn a deep watering if it needs it, but don’t water when the temperature is below 40 degrees.

Get rid of weeds.

Don’t let weeds take over just because your lawn doesn’t look pretty. Brown lawns aren’t dead, they are dormant. Dormant lawns are asleep. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed killer.

Mow the grass, one more time.

As long as the grass is dry, mow it one last time. Make this last cut a little shorter than summer cuts. This helps to keep rodents away, especially voles.

If you have any energy left…

Winter is a great time for mower repair. Clean, repair, replace parts, and sharpen blades.

This spring, you will be glad you prepped your lawn.

Lawn care is a year-round job. Even in the winter, you are prepping for spring. A little bit of work and prep year-round will result in a healthier lawn come spring. 

Our year-round Lawn360 program provides aerating and pre-emergent treatments for your lawn. Contact Lawn and Pest Solutions for licensed lawn technicians who know exactly how to help your lawn. 

Fall leaves

What should do I do with the fall leaves in my lawn? It’s wet, it’s cold, and the leaves are piled up everywhere. You already know the answer. You have options…

1. Mulching

Mowing your lawn with a mulching mower is a great way to get the most benefit from the leaves. Fall leaves are a great source of organic matter for your lawn. 

Ideally, you should mulch your leaves on a regular basis throughout the fall. A mulching mower chops up leaves that give your lawn air, water and nutrients over the winter and spring months. 

If you have been mulching your fall leaves, your lawn will thank you properly this spring.

2. Raking

This option isn’t going to be easy. If your leaves are wet, you need to rake them up. If you don’t, the wet leaves will smother the grass blades underneath. 

A covering of wet leaves keeps the sun from warming up your lawn this spring. The longer your lawn stays cold, the longer it takes to wake up (and to turn green).

You can tell a lawn is dormant when it turns brown. During this cold winter time, it is conserving water and nutrients. This just means your lawn has gone to sleep. It isn’t dead, it’s dormant.

3. Bed coverage

You can use some of your fall leaves for flower bed coverage. A thin layer of leaf coverage is good for your flower bed. Leaves can act as a natural mulch and can protect your flower beds from weeds. Just be careful that the leaves don’t get too thick.

The time is now

When you are searching for answers about lawn care and services, know that we at Lawn and Pest Solutions are always here for you. You can always Ask Paul! We service the Memphis, TN, and North Mississippi areas with lawn care weed control services for homes and businesses. Our licensed technicians are available to consult with you about how we can best serve you. 

Fall Plant Care

What does fall plant care mean for a person with a lawn? It’s like a “shutting down for the season” way of thinking for the lawn. 

Pool owners close the pool for winter. Boat owners remove their boats before waters start to freeze. When an ice storm is predicted, we move our new car into the garage. Right? Just like pools, boats and cars, our landscapes are an investment.

Protecting your investment

To understand fall plant health care you have to think of your lawn as an investment. All of the time and money you have spent on planting, lawn fertilizing, nurturing & watering shouldn’t go to waste. By adopting a fall plant health care program, you will be proud of your healthy and well protected lawn in the spring. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we offer a plant health care program that focuses on keeping your landscape and shrubs insect and disease free.

How does the LPS Plant Health Care program work?

With our program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and leave a written report at each visit. In addition to your copy, the notes will also go on file. 

The pro will then treat your plants based specifically on what is happening with your plants AND what they need. 

What is different about our plan? 

Most other plans include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

You can spend a lot of time and money guessing what is wrong with your landscape. With our plant health care plan, you can spend less money and save lots of time by leaving it up to a professional. 

Contact our office today to protect your investment. You can reach out to us at 662.257.3148, 901.560.2399, or fill out our online contact form. Our licensed and trained technicians serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas.

Fall Lawn Spraying

Are there benefits to spraying your lawn in the fall? Spraying your lawn in the fall involves applying a pre-emergent treatment. For pre-emergent treatment to work, it needs to be in your soil at not only the right time, but when the temperature is right.

Pre-emergent facts:

Pre-emergent doesn’t kill weed seeds. 

Pre-emergent stops the growth process of weed seeds.

 It creates a sort of thin barrier between your soil and the weed seeds below. 

Pre-emergent should be applied at just the time when weeds begin to sprout. The goal is to have the weeds hit the barrier created by the treatment. 

Benefits of applying a fall treatment?

A fall pre-emergent helps to prevent weeds through the winter and early spring. You also won’t have to start cutting as early in the spring. This keeps your grass from having to compete with weeds for nutrients. 

Even with the most thorough treatment, there are always some weeds that won’t be harmed by the treatment. This is why a year round plan is the only plan that really works. 

Timing is Everything

Unlike a great comedy routine, timing in lawn care doesn’t boil down to one great pause or punch line. Great lawn care is based on year round timing and care, not waiting until “the spring” to get your lawn looking good. It is a commitment that involves planning and attention to detail.

What is Lawn 360?

Lawn 360 is our premium, year-round, scheduled lawn service. Our treatments have been tested and proven to give you a healthy, green lawn. In between scheduled treatments, technicians provide month-to-month strategies, as needed, to keep your lawn at its thickest and greenest year round. 

Let us do the timing for you.

Our Lawn 360 plan includes 7 treatment stages that include pre-emergent  AND post-emergent treatments. In addition to those visits, we fertilize your lawn multiple times a year. When you sign up for our Lawn 360 plan, know that every time we visit your lawn, our licensed technicians will spot spray for weeds. 

The benefits of spraying your lawn in the fall will pay off when you are enjoying your lawn year round. Call our office anytime to schedule a visit from our experienced and trained staff. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas.