We don’t usually associate winter with lawn care. That said, just because your grass is dormant at the moment doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for maintenance. Here are a few tips for keeping your lawn healthy even during the coldest months of the year:
Clean it up
All of the debris, leaves, and toys out on your lawn might not seem like a big deal at first. What many homeowners don’t realize, though, is that these objects can smother the grass, create disease, and even serve as an invitation for pests. So clean it up now and avoid having to start from behind the 8 ball with your lawn come springtime.
Be aware of traffic
Dormant grass will tolerate a moderate amount of traffic. Just be aware that a heavily worn path will be slower to green up in the spring and possibly cause compaction. If at all possible, avoid creating such a path in the first place.
Winter is a great time to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Follow the instructions on the package and apply only the recommended amount. An excessive amount of fertilizer can burn your grass at any point during the year, not just in the dog days of summer.
Think of aerating as providing your lawn with extra air. Should you choose to hire an aeration service, expect them to make holes in your lawn for planting seeds. If you have a smaller yard, you may want to consider renting an aerator and doing the job yourself.
Spread cool-weather grass seed
Head to your local home improvement store and purchase a package of grass seed that says “cool season” or “cool weather.” Feel free to sprinkle the seed over the lawn with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer. One other pro tip here: Do your best to spread the seed evenly so you won’t have clumps of grass later.
Rake and water
Not exactly sure how to tackle soil clumps on your lawn? We recommend breaking them up with a rake and then covering the seeds a bit. In terms of watering, keep the soil moist and don’t let it dry out.
Customized Irrigation Systems in New Jersey
Let’s look ahead to spring of 2019 for a moment. As a proud homeowner, you want to have the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood. But you know you’ll need some assistance making that vision a reality.
Tanz Inc has more than three decades of residential sprinkler system experience. We understand that a beautiful lawn starts with a well-designed and installed irrigation system. Through our knowledge, hard work, and attention to detail, Tanz has earned the reputation as New Jersey’s “Irrigation King.”
Think about the worst sprinkler system you ever had. Not only was it probably an inferior system, but we’re willing to bet it was incorrectly installed. When you hire Tanz, you never have to worry about getting hosed (pun intended).
Every sprinkler system we install is custom-configured to the specific home location and environment. This allows us to maximize efficiency, minimize waste, and ensure the landscaping is protected with the right amount of watering. There’s no question that a sprinkler system is an investment, so then why waste your hard-earned money on a subpar system and “one-size-fits-all” installation?
At Tanz, our experience speaks for itself. In addition to knowing sprinkler equipment like the back of our hands, we also have a sound understanding of plumbing and electrical systems. This level of knowledge helps us develop the ideal landscaping solution for your property and budget.
Not sure if an updated sprinkler system is worth the time? Keep in mind that a properly designed and installed irrigation system improves the look of your property, reduces maintenance costs, and boosts property value. Whether it’s sprinkler system repair, replacement, or installation, Tanz has you covered.
Every property is personal to us at Tanz. In contrast to the other guys who barely give you the time of day, we take the time to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. So put your mind at ease and let handle your residential sprinkler installation in 2019.