- Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer. (This is optional if you
fertilized in the fall or winter)
the lawn to treat compacted soil.
with organic matter, if necessary.
your mower blades at the start of the season.
- Learn the signs of bug infestation, and
head them off before they get settled in.
your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor. Otherwise, water only when rainfall is delayed more than 10 days.
- Treat weeds and bare spots as soon
as you see them.
- Sharpen your
mower blade again halfway through the season.
- Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched
before the first frost.
- But don’t
over water! Plants and shrubs should be expected to look a little brown in September and October.
- Mulch with organic material, or mow a layer of fallen leaves into
- Fertilize your lawn
around Thanksgiving to promote strong root growth during winter.
- Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent its matting under snow.
- Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they’re in exposed areas.
- Use a broom to brush snow away from evergreen trees gently, to
keep the weight from breaking the limbs.
ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease.
- Putting markers at the edge of your
lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling snow.
- Avoid walking on frosted or snow-covered lawns.
- Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn’t harm plants.
- Salt will damage grass, perennials,
and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water.
- Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping out of the ground.
If they have, gently push them back into place, and add mulch.