Preparing Your Lawn and Landscape for Winter

As temperatures grow cooler and the days grow shorter, an important change is going on in your landscape. By altering the way they use available nutrients, your lawn, trees and shrubs are building up food reserves for the cold winter ahead. During this time of year, top growth slows down considerably in your plants. Rather than sending nutrients to grass blades and leaves, your plants are storing them underground in their root systems to prepare for new growth next spring.

Preparing the roots…Before they can begin stocking up on food, your plants need to build up new root systems for storage. Fall fertilization makes it easier for your lawn, trees and shrubs to develop fat, healthy roots that will carry them through the winter season. An expanded root system provides your plants with a much-needed foundation upon which to grow next spring.

Additional benefits…Besides expanding the root system and helping to build food reserves, fall fertilization improves overall plant health for better resistance to cool-weather fungus diseases. It may also provide improved color in your turf and evergreens over the winter. When they’re well-fed, your plants are better able to store water. This helps to counteract the effects of cold winter winds which can dry out your lawn and evergreens, causing blades and needles to turn brown. Fall fertilization leads to a thicker, healthier lawn and increased blooming and flowering on your trees and shrubs in the spring. If you haven’t done so already, schedule fall fertilization for your property today.