Every homeowner knows that the peak of the lawn-care season falls in the spring and summer months when pests are rampant and rainfall is erratic. While the winter months do imply a respite from weed-whacking and lawn mowing, you shouldn’t take the entire season off from treating your lawn. When it comes to pest control, Orlando lawn services are just as necessary in the winter as they are in the summer. Sterling Pest Control has some advice for winterizing your lawn so that, come spring, it’s ready for peak season again.
For Pest Control, Orlando Lawns Need Fertilizing
Your lawn is a living organism that needs nutrients in order to survive. You have worked hard all spring, summer, and fall to maintain a healthy lawn; don’t allow your robust lawn to starve in the winter season. By fertilizing your lawn, you will be imparting essential nutrients to the grassroots, keeping them incubated during the cold, dry season. Come springtime, your grass will rebound much faster and healthier, having benefited from your wintertime fertilizing treatment. A well-fed lawn is more resilient to disease, weeds, and pests which run rampant in the spring.
Aerating Helps Further Your Fertilizer
To optimize your fertilizer treatment, we recommend aerating the lawn first. Good aeration benefits your lawn by loosening compact soil to make room for the circulation of air, water, and nutrients such as your fertilizer. If the soil is too compact, your fertilizer treatment will not reach the roots, and your grass may never soak up the fertilizer. Orlando lawn services are available to aerate your lawn for you, but you can also rent an aerator to do it yourself. Before you aerate, make sure the ground is not frozen but slightly moistened with a gentle rain or manual watering. As you run the aerator over the lawn, it will till the sod, leaving plugs of soil in its wake. These you can leave in the yard to decompose. If it’s the first time your lawn is being aerated, you may have to aerate twice through to see results. Once it has been properly aerated, proceed with your fertilizer treatment. You should aim to have this all finished before your area’s first frost date.
Allow Your Lawn To Rest
Winter is a time of hibernation for all types of creatures, grass included. Give your lawn time to rest, and avoid habitually walking on your lawn as it winterizes. Keep the yard clean and free of debris. Smaller leaves may be left to decompose, but you should rake up thick leaves, which can create a thick barrier between your grass and the air, water, and nutrients it needs. Reduce lawn furniture to a minimum in the winter months, allowing all areas of the yard to see the sun.
If you’re looking for Orlando lawn services to help you prepare your yard for winter, contact Sterling Pest Control. Orlando residents trust us to protect their homes and yards from all kinds of pests, all seasons of the year! Contact us today to learn more!