Here it comes! The annual falling of the leaves reminds us that cooler weather is indeed here to stay. Here in the Barrington area, it’s time to get our yards ready for winter. If you do it correctly, you can prepare for winter without too much work and/or expense.
If your lawn has heavy traffic, for instance from a lot of children playing there, or if your soil is compacted by other factors, it’s time to aerate your soil. There are two basic types of aerators. One pokes holes in the soil, and the other one takes small plugs from the soil. Most experts prefer the one that actually removes small plugs of soil.
Once the soil is loosened by aeration, it’s a good time to over-seed your lawn. Then, using a fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen will promote healthy grass and soil, as well as discourage the growth of weeds. It’s best to over-seed after mowing. This is also a good time to re-soil bare patches and sow fresh seed. The seeds will need lots of water, so gently water or mist your lawn at least once a day.
One chore you can begin to cut back on is mowing. Instead of weekly, you can mow every other week. Don’t cut the grass too short. Experts recommend cutting only the top third of the grass, so you don’t “scalp” your lawn, which can stunt the growth of your grass. If you only have a light leaf covering, you can mulch them up as you mow.
One inevitable annual chore is the removal of leaves. If you have a heavy amount of leaf litter, you shouldn’t wait until they have all dropped. This heavy coverage can damage your lawn. There are several techniques for leaf removal, from the time honored rake, to hiring a professional. Here’s a link to tips on leaf removal.
If you have an underground sprinkling system, be sure to winterize it. Before the freezing weather comes, you need to blow all of the residual water out of the pipes. If it freezes, your pipes will burst. That’s a headache you can do without!
Besides lawn care, there are other yard preserving steps you can take, which will keep your property looking great until the spring returns. Go to this link for a lot of tips and ideas on fall gardening.
These are great yard-care ideas, especially if you are preparing your property for sale. If you want to list a property, or if you are interested in buying a home in the Barrington area, please call me, Dean Tubekis, at (874) 809-8070, or drop by our office at 530 South Hough St., South Barrington, IL 60010. Feel free to browse my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. I can help you with all of your real estate needs!
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