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Prepare Your Lawn For the Winter Season

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Sweatshirts and snow pants are nice for humans, but come winter your lawn also needs some attention to help it successful navigate the winter. And with the average first frost occurring around this time of year, its a good plan to winterize your lawn.

Winterizing your lawn entails trimming the grass about half an inch shorter than usual, about 2 to 2 1/2 inches, and putting nutrients on the soil such as nitrates, and aerating the lawn. This allows the grass to fair the snow and ice more effectively and allows it to more quickly return to its lustrous green color come spring.

Sprinkler systems are a great way to keep a health lawn during the year, but can cause major headaches in the winter if not properly cleared out. GreenCare owner Tom Rieff reminds people to have their sprinkler pipes blown free of water so it doesn't free and crack the pipes under the ground, which leads to expensive problems.

The biggest step is to prepare early before winter arrives.