The changing seasons soon will have your neighbors winterizing the house, putting on snow tires and getting out cold weather gear. That’s great, but Fall is the best time to get your lawn and garden areas ready for winter as well. With a little time and a visit to a wholesale lawn and garden anchorage alaska homeowners can make sure their green spaces are healthy next spring. Here are some must-do fall tasks and how they help your green spaces weather the snow and cold.
Fall Lawn Maintenance-Feed the Grass
Most people only think about feeding the lawn in spring. There are several great reasons to fertilize the lawn in fall for best results. Michele Hebert in the Daily News-Miner recommends applying a low nitrogen and high potassium fertilizer to get the grass winter ready. High potassium feed helps grass be stronger by storing nutrients. Your lawn will handle the winter better and green up earlier in spring.
Mow and Get Rid of the Moss
Fall is time to change the way you mow if you like a close-cropped lawn. Raise the level so that the grass is around an inch and a half tall. This give the lawn a chance to store the carbohydrates it needs to survive winter and green up early in the springtime. Don’t let the grass get much taller or your lawn will be a comfortable place for voles, shrews and other rodents to spend the winter.
Moss is a serious challenge to handle here in Alaska. Local moss varieties compete with your grass for water and nutrients and lime won’t kill them. Look in your garden center for moss killer containing iron sulfate for best results. There are several quality fertilizers that contain iron sulfate, so you can do both tasks at the same time.
Winter Proofing Your Garden Spaces
Snow is just around the corner and harvest is done Now it’s time to work getting ready for next year. The first step is a general clean up and tidy. Pull any leftover plants from the garden and annual flower beds. Your compost pile is just the place for all that and will be food for next season’s plants.
After cleaning away the plants and weeds, it’s time to mulch. Put a layer of insulating mulch around all your perennial plants and don’t forget to stake the location of perennials so you’ll be ready to work with them in spring. Run over the leaves and grass clippings with the mower to make a handy quick mulch for flower beds and garden plots. Just make sure there are no weeds in the mix.
Jeff Lowenfells in the Anchorage Daily News recommends staking the pathways and drives in your yard. This keeps people and vehicles where you want them after the snow falls. Flags are easily visible and help keep your garden from getting trodden under hard packed paths in the snow.