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Preparing Your Utah Lawn for Next Year

There are ways for you to prepare your Utah lawn this fall for next year. One thing you can do is winterize your lawn and treat it so that next year it will need less water. This will help you reduce costs, save energy, protect the environment, and still have a beautiful lawn.

The first step you will want to take to prepare your lawn for next year is to aerate the lawn. You will want to make three passes to make sure your lawn is aerated thoroughly. You will want to use a type of aerator that leaves plugs in your lawn for the next few steps.

You will want to spread water absorbing polymer crystals on your lawn. You will need approximately 2 lbs of crystals per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Then you will want to rake the crystals int the plug holes to help it penetrate your lawn.

If your lawn looks thin you can reseed after applying the crystals. This will help your lawn look full and healthy next year.

Next you will want to apply a top dressing, such as compost. After the compost you can apply a fertilizer if you wish.

You will want to wait 24 hours before watering your lawn and when you do water it you will want to make sure you saturate your lawn. Then next year the water absorbing crystals will allow your Utah lawn use less water and still look healthy.

Utah Lawn Care with Composting

Composting is a good way to make your lawn healthy. Utah lawn care techniques that include composting will make your soil richer, your grass healthier, and your lawn maintenance easier. If you don’t already practice composting strategies it’s not too late to start. By starting with fall remnants you can use compost as a part of your winterizing this year and start next year with some healthy compost for spring.

You want to use garden and plant remains for your compost. In the fall you can use leaves, grass clippings, pumpkins, hedge clippings, and any trimmings from your garden. You don’t want to use items like apple cores of food waste for your lawn compost.

If you go to your local garden supply store you will find many different containers that are suitable for composting. You can start small if you want and then upgrade to a larger containing when your Utah lawn care routine has included composting for a few years.

When you apply your compost, you want to add it after you aerate your lawn but before you apply fertilizer. This way the compost has a better chance of giving your lawn important nutrients.

Next year you will want to apply new compost during your spring lawn chores, once during the summer, and then again next fall as part of your winterizing routine Adding composting to your Utah lawn care will make your lawn healthy and it won’t cost you any more money. You may even be able to reduce the number of times your fertilize your lawn.

Winterizing Your Utah Lawn

November is a slow month for homeowners in Utah. As the weather grows colder your lawn will slow its growth. You will see little in the way of weeds and disease, and watering and mowing is no longer necessary. Before you put your lawn equipment away for the winter, you should consider winterizing your Utah lawn.

When you mow your lawn for the last time this year you may want to go in a different direction. This will help remove the dead tips on your lawn and make it look healthier longer. You will want to stop feeding your lawn nitrogen and start feeding it phosphorus and potassium as part of your winterization process.

You will want to fertilize your lawn with a slow release formula and apply compost to provide extra nutrients.

You will want to use a garden rake to pull out any dead grass and check for any patches of weeds that may be left. If there are any patches of weeds near your lawn you will want to remove those as well. Getting rid of weeds in and around your lawn will control fungus and disease.

By winterizing your Utah lawn you will help it look nice this year and prepare your lawn for next year. When spring comes around you will find you will have less work and a nicer looking lawn than your neighbors.

Utah Lawn Care for November

The end of this year’s growing season is drawing to a close for your lawn. Time to wrap up this year’s tasks and perhaps prepare your lawn for next year. Utah lawn care for November includes final steps and you will see a decrease in disease, insects, and weeds.

As the weather continues to grow colder you won’t need to water your lawn as frequently as you did before. You may need to water your lawn a few times this month, but most likely you will be able to put your sprinklers away for the year. If you didn’t drain your automatic sprinkling system yet you will want to make sure you do it this year before the water freezes in the pipes.

You will not have to mow your lawn this month as much either. A few times during the month should be sufficient. If you do mow your lawn, keep your mower at the second highest setting.

You will not see much in the way of weeds, insects, or disease in November. This is the time of hibernation for most insects, and weeds and diseases are typically dormant due to the cold weather. Utah lawn care in terms of protecting your lawn may include one last dose of herbicide with your winterizing fertilizer treatment.

November will be when you start to see your Utah lawn list grow smaller. You may need to rake the last leaves from your yard, but mostly you can focus on winterizing your lawn and preparing for next year’s growing season. If you have any questions of problems regarding lawn care for November, feel free to call us for a free consultation.

 

Utah Lawn Care: Powdery Mildew

Most diseases that affect the lawn prepare to become dormant in the fall. Depending on weather conditions, some diseases may appear. Utah lawn care may include treating diseases even in the fall, especially powdery mildew.

Powdery mildew is created from several different types of fungi. It can attack many different types of plants and grasses, and can spread quickly. It first appears as white powdery spots on the blade that changes to tan as the spores are reproduced asexually.

Powdery mildew usually lies dormant in the winter and will start to spread as the cool, humid temperatures of spring signal the beginning of its next growth cycle. It also likes moderate humid temperatures with plenty of cloud cover, which is why you may see a reemergence of the disease in the fall.

A nitrogen fertilizer applied in the spring can help to prevent the growth of powdery mildew.  Many different fungicides can help eliminate the disease if repeated over time. If the disease persists or resists treatment, you can contact us for help. Turf Plus can help with Utah lawn care such as powdery mildew. We can inspect your lawn to determine if it is contaminated with powdery mildew or other disease and treat your lawn to make sure it is healthy in the spring for a new year of growth.

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