Over the summer my family made a major move and one of the things we have been enjoying the most about our new home is playing in the yard. I’m so excited We Seed America sponsored today’s post so we can help you get the most out of your yard and make sure it is prepped for winter.
I love when we can get outside as a family and enjoy the fresh air. There’s something about getting outside the house that really helps you recharge. Our new favorite thing to do has been to set up a projector in the backyard, invite a bunch of friends over, and watch a movie under the stars.
I think my kids have spent almost as much time outside as they have inside and they are already looking forward to movies in the yard next summer.
My little girls have had a blast turning our trampoline into a cozy fort. They fill the whole thing with blankets and lay outside to take a mid-afternoon nap outside.
We’ve spent hours running through the sprinklers outside and splashing in puddles.
I love knowing they are all making some fantastic memories with their friends and siblings and I hope they’ll remember these summers forever.
To keep our grass nice and green and ready for all of our spring adventures though, we need to do a little prep work now.
Seed in the Fall
We live in a place that doesn’t get too chilly in the winter so we still get quite a bit of use our of our yard during the colder months. The downside of that is playing on dry winter grass can result in some bare spots in your lawn. That’s no fun when spring rolls around and you are ready for a nice, rich lawn.
The trick to keeping your lawn nice and full year-round is to add a cool season grass seed over your lawn during the fall. This will give you a nice thick layer of cool season grass that can thrive during the winter months.
You can also seed in the fall if you want to thicken your existing lawn. Seeding in the fall will give the seeds time to take root and be nice and thick for spring.
Adjust your Watering Schedule
Your lawns water requirements are going to change as the temperatures cool down. Be sure that you are watering the correct amount. We hadn’t adjusted our watering schedule this year and we just realized that our back yard was starting to feel very soggy. The grass was getting way too much water now that hot summer temperatures were no longer drying up the water so quickly.
Overwatering in the fall can cause you problems in the spring too. Overly wet spots in your lawn will tend to become bare patches as they are walked over. We have a few spots that now need some extra grass seed to prepare our lawn for spring.
Aerate your Lawn
Fall is the perfect time to Aerate. You can either do this yourself or hire someone to come in and take care of it. Aerating pulls small plugs of soil from the ground and allows water and oxygen to get deeper into the soil.
Spring may seem like it is a long way off right now but a little prep work now can make sure your lawn is ready for lots of impromptu picnics, summer BBQ’s with friends, and backyard games.
For more information on preparing your lawn for winter, check out We Seed America.
What are you doing to prep your lawn for winter?
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