Recent rains have sent homeowners scrambling to get out their lawnmowers and weedwackers for a few more weeks. This time of year is crucial to ensure your lawn stays healthy through the fall and winter freeze.
Greg Pounds with Pro Quality Lawn & Landscape said he's already getting calls from people who want to ensure their grass will come up greener next year. He said, "Now is the time to put your pre-emergent down, put down your winter fertilizer. If you have a nice yard don't not do anything. You always want to water through the Winter time just because the grass is brown and dormant those roots are still alive." Pounds said his company can provide good protection, for an average sized yard, for $55-$65.
Not everyone sees the need to spend the money. Kirk Kemp maintains his own lawn and doesn't do anything special to get ready for winter. He said, "I know a lot of people do, I don't spend the money or the time. We just kind of hope for the best for the spring and summer and hope it greens up and we kind of go from there."
Kemp said he does get a lot of weeds in the Spring, but they usually get choked out and overcome by the grass. Pounds said those weeds can be avoided with simple fall treatments that can also prevent long term and expensive damage. Pounds said the difference between paying for a fall treatment and a new lawn is pretty drastic. "Having to till up the whole yard to put down sod again... several thousand dollars to take care of that."