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How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter: Fall Lawn Care Tips

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you may know that we’ve gotten a little bit obsessed with our lawn this year.

Okay, obsessed is a strong word.

But definitely much more interested in trying to improve and take care of it then we ever have been before.

We put a lot of time and energy into improving our lawn last spring but it suffered a little through the hot, dry summer months while we were away on holidays and it didn’t get regular watering.

So, this fall, we are determined to get it into great shape before the winter so we can continue our lawn care program in the spring.

How we went from a patchy weedy lawn to a healthy lush green lawn with Scotts -9

I’ve been doing some research through my local TruGreen to learn about the best lawn care tips for Fall and I’m adding them to our October to-do list.

Just because the days are getting shorter and we are spending less time outside; it doesn’t mean that our lawn needs us any less right now.

In fact, there are some key things we need to do with our lawn in the Fall to help it survive through the winter:

  • Keep the lawn mowed until the first frost (which, for us, is often into November). This will help prevent the lawn from developing snow mould over the winter months caused by all the dampness of the Fall.


  • Rake or mulch those leaves! You can also give the lawn a rake this time of year to prevent thatch buildup – gently so as not to disturb your lawn’s roots. Too much thatch can make it difficult for your lawn to receive that water and nutrients it needs to stay healthy through the winter (or through any season).



  • Fertilize! The fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn using a fertilizer specifically designed for this season.


  • Clear the leaves off the lawn and gardens  – though leaves can be mulched with a mulching mower instead. But whole leaves piled up on your grass can suffocate the lawn and cause damage over the winter.



  • If in doubt, call out. TruGreen has services all over for those of us who don’t have the time or resources to devote to a dedicated lawn and yard care program. Get your free quote with ease! They will assess the needs of your lawn and develop a program just for it; they also offer services for shrub and tree maintenance as well.


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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruGreen,ca. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. It’s interesting to know that keeping your lawn mowed until the first frost will help you to prevent problems with your garden. My husband and I are thinking about how to take care of our lawn during the winter, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about your recommendations to keep our garden looking great during the winter.

  2. I didn’t realize that it was so important to make sure that your lawn can receive enough water to stay healthy during the winter. We have made this resolution to be better at taking care of our home and yard and I can say that we’ve never really been careful about raking up our leaves. We’ll be sure to pay special attention to that this year and we’ll be sure to hire some help to know that we’re doing it right.

  3. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips for preapring your yard for the winter. i agree, fall lawn care is the best way to protect your yard against the harsh cold and snow, is that is the type of region you reside in. I would love to add that monitoring your watering schedule is also a good way to prevent freezing your lawn and drowning it out. And don’t forget, fall is the precursor to having to stay inside for the long, cold, winter. Plan for some fun fall activities in your backyard before being out there is a no-go until spring. Thanks again for sharing!

  4. I didn’t know that you could protect your plants in the winter with windbreakers! That tidbit will prove very useful for my garden this winter, thanks for the guide!

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