It’s been a few weeks since we last met.
I’ve been working a huge new venture which is changing every aspect of how I do business. . Those that have been reading my blogs since the beginning know exactly which direction I am going. Kinda scary but I am super pumped! Much, much more on that in future blogs. In case you don’t know me, my name is Rob Lundholm and I own and operate Lundholm Landscaping in Cape May, New Jersey. I take time out of my day to dabble in writing about landscaping because it lets my customers know that I care about them and the service that I am producing. We specialize in landscape makeovers, extreme landscaping, consulting, cutting edge technology, pavers, irrigation, landscape lighting, ponds, waterfalls, fire pits and pretty much anything that grows or looks nice in the landscape.
We are methodically moving along through “My Updated”… 10 Insider Tips to a Perfect Lawn. If you missed any of the previous 8 steps, they are all listed in the right hand margin. Feel free to click away and bring yourself up to speed!
Today we learn exactly what to do to winterize our “Perfect Lawn“. Let’s push the clock forward a few weeks to mid November. The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground in a mad rush. That perfect new lawn should be taking shape rather nicely in that perfectly balanced soil that we have been working to create all season.
For ease of explanation, lets assume that today is the last day that you will cut your lawn this season. Prior to cutting, quickly rake up or blow any leaves into and pile and place them into your compost bin. You do have a compost bin… right??? Of course you do! Don’t stress if you don’t get every leave, they will be picked up by the lawn mower. In case you are wondering, I will be posting a complete, start to finish, professional fall clean up in a future blog. Anyone want to volunteer their property?? Of course there will be a charge but I will go easy on ya!!!
Set your lawn mower to a height of 2 inches and cut the grass one last time, this time using your bagger. This 2 inch height makes it easier to clean up future leaves, improves air circulation so that thatch build up decomposes faster and allows air and water to easily flow into the soil. Round out your cutting season with a nice tour with your trimmer. At this point, we are done with our main power equipment for the season. I recommend that you drain all gasoline from your power equipment and let the engine run until it stalls out completely so that all fuel is out of your machine. Thoroughly coat all metal components, cables and moving parts with a premium spray lubricant(WD-40 for instance). It’s safe at this point to store the lawn mower, string trimmer and edger in a place where you won’t trip over them for the next 3 or so months.
Now, let’s focus on your new child. You’re perfect lawn! As a professional, my main concern for my wintering lawn(s) is building and strengthening a healthy root system. Since our “Perfect” lawn, growing in “Perfect” soil, complimented by “Perfect” soil texture is winding down, it’s safe for us to add an additional application of Sumagrow(Sumagrow.com) or Holganix(Holganix.com). As a reminder, these bio-nutritional feedings create a healthy soil micro-environment which adequately feeds the root systems and encourages deep growth. Root systems work like crazy in late fall to store as much energy as possible for it’s dormancy. A deep healthy root system lessens the need for water and keeps our lawns thick and healthy through high heat and drought conditions. Just because the actual grass blades go dormant during the cold winter months it doesn’t mean that the roots go to sleep as well.
While the grass is cut low, it’s a great time to remove any visible, remaining weeds. You notice that I wrote “remove” and not “treat”. I have eliminated the use of herbicides in my treatment programs. For my customers, we actually walk the lawn with a weed prong and remove all weeds, including roots, by hand. If we find that there are large bare spots left over from the hand weeding, we fill in these bare spots using a mixture of topsoil, sand and annual rye grass seed. If time does not allow such activity, it’s fine to spot treat any weeds that you find on your property. This takes a few extra minutes but reduces the impact on the environment and ensures sustainability for our soil’s micro-environment that we have painstakingly created using steps 1-8!
From here, do your best to keep the leaves from piling up on your lawn and enjoy some time off. That’s step 9 in a nut shell! You have done so well in creating your perfect lawn that I wanted to give you a little treat. A nice, quick, easy read! In all honesty, the leg work has been done, the lawn is ready to take a nap and the only problem is figuring what to do with that extra hour or two every week.
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P.O. Box 1066
Cape May, NJ 08204
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