There are steps you can take to prepare your lawn for winter dormancy. Removing leaves and grass clippings from your lawn will keep it protected from harsh winter weather. Adding fertilizer will give it the nutrients it needs to make a full comeback in the spring.
Remove all of the leaves from your lawn and give it one last cut. You will want to set the mower blade higher than normal so you do not cut the grass too short resulting in slowing down the lawn's process of storing nutrients. Leave your grass about 1-1/2 to 2 inches long to help protect it from winter weather.
Fertilizing is also a great way to help your lawn prepare for winter, but you'll want to make sure you remove any remaining leaves and grass clippings first. Debris left on your lawn before winter can potentially suffocate your lawn and can also create an area for bugs and unwanted disease to survive through the winter. Menards® Fall Lawn Winterizer (260-1623) or Fall Lawn Food with Weed Control (260-1629) will increase the carbohydrates in the grass, providing healthier winter dormancy and feeding your lawn for up to two months. Applying fertilizer anytime between August and November will help your lawn to rebuild roots.
When spreading fertilizer, follow the recommended setting for your spreader listed on the back of each bag. You will need to know the size of your lawn area. You can calculate your total lawn area by multiplying the length of your lawn by the width of your lawn. This will give you the total square feet of the area. Then subtract non-lawn areas, such as house, garden, driveway, etc. Begin by spreading the borders of your lawn. Then, spread the center in straight line passes at a uniform walking speed to ensure even coverage. Hand, push and tow behind spreaders are all available at your local Menards® (264-1222-1223, 1224, 1830, 2045, 2080).
By taking the necessary steps to help your lawn prepare for the winter months, you will be able to enjoy a healthy, beautiful lawn in the spring.