Fortify Your August Grass with Ottawa Inground Irrigation

Preparation for the winter season shouldn't wait until late fall. A healthy lawn will remain healthy throughout the cold temperatures if you begin to ready your grass for it in August or early September. This takes a combination of effective Ottawa inground irrigation and lawn care. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you find that happy balance. Read on for tips from the pros to find out how to make the most out of your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems and lawn care practices.

Let your lawn breathe
One of the first things you'll want to do is to aerate your lawn. Core aeration is the process of punching tubes of soil out of your lawn to allow your grass to breathe. It reduces compaction of the soil, while providing transportation tunnels for oxygen, nutrients, and water from your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems.

Aeration also has the benefit of dethatching your lawn when the thatch layer is 3 inches or less. Dethatching is the next step in the process of fall lawn care.

Eliminate thatch
Thatch is the layer of debris and built up detritus that has failed to fully decompose on your lawn. It forms around the surface of the soil. Thatch suffocates your grass by blockading entry for nutrients and Ottawa inground irrigation.

Thatch is also the section of your grass in which rodents and fungi love to live. Over the winter months, it will become a warm haven to everything you don't want to discover once the snow melts off your lawn.

When you dethatch, make sure you leave at least 4 weeks of growth for your grass to help it return to full strength before the cold hits. Dethatching can take a toll on your lawn, so make sure you plan ahead properly.

Repair dead patches
Just before fall, or even in early autumn, is the perfect time to overseed. Strengthen your lawn by filling in any dead patches that may have accumulated throughout the summer. As in the case of dethatching, you want to make sure your new grass has more than enough time to grow fully before winter. Adjust your Ottawa inground irrigation for the new seeds to improve the efficiency of their growth period.

Provide food for hibernation
Now that you've aerated, dethatched, and overseeded, it's time to feed your tired lawn. There's nothing your lawn needs more than a good batch of nutrients to complete those repairs and survive throughout the tough winter.

Fertilize your lawn while ensuring that your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems irrigates your lawn deeply. A ratio of high-low-high for your N-P-K fertilizer will provide the energy needed to survive the stress of transition. Stressed lawns need nitrogen and potassium to survive.

Understand your lawn
The most important thing you can do is to know your lawn. Do you have a cool season or a warm season grass variety? Exactly how much water does it need to receive from your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems to thrive? How short does it like to be mown?

Know these facts about your lawn, and you'll be well on your way to having a healthy grass throughout – and following – the coming winter season.

Don't give into sloth when it comes to your Ottawa inground irrigation and late summer lawn care. Get the best Ottawa inground irrigation from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa. Receive your complimentary quote on our Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems today.