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Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

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When winter finally hits, it’s important to make sure your lawn doesn’t suffer irreparable damage. Harsh weather conditions such as snow, ice, and frost can harm the integrity of your lawn and make professional lawn care seem like an uphill battle. Read on to discover a few ways to protect your lawn and grass and avoid dealing with any adverse, long-term effects.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Never wait for winter to arrive before taking the necessary steps to protect your lawn because, unfortunately, the damage will have already taken place. It is best to prepare your lawn for winter during the autumn season. This will ensure your lawn is in good condition before the first freeze hits and your lawn goes dormant for the winter season. You can take steps to protect your lawn in a number of ways. Clear your lawn of any debris including excess leaves, mulch, lawn equipment, gardening tools, and toys. Raking leaves away will help to avoid wet spots from appearing which can harbor mold and moss.

When your lawn finally goes dormant for the winter season, you will want to keep it clear and deter others from stepping on it as this can corrupt the grass’ integrity and cause injury. Replace any unhealthy grass plants and reseed your lawn before the weather gets too cold in order to fill any patches that may have appeared. Aerating your lawn in the fall also allows nutrients, oxygen, and water to reach soil and permit cold weather seeds the chance to sprout.

Restore Lost Nutrients

As the weather cools down, it is important to replace any lost nutrients that may have been depleted during the summer months. Put aside time to fertilize and apply mulch to your lawn to offer it a chance to flourish once again. A simple way to apply mulch is by utilizing fallen leaves which tend to gather in autumn. Simply shred them by running over them with a lawn mower.

Mow Your Lawn

Another important aspect of lawn care during the winter is to mow your lawn regularly. Keep your grass shorter than you normally would to ensure that rodents such as moles and gophers do not make a home there and ruin your lawn. Keep in mind that your grass will also be growing more slowly as it lies dormant in the winter time. Avoid mowing your grass too short all at once as this can shock the grass, damaging it greatly. Instead, slowly and gradually cut your grass shorter each time. Beginning in the fall, mow your lawn regularly, lowering your mower blade slightly each time.

Weed Control

Although beige, dormant grass tends to be unappealing to most, it can be helpful for a number of reasons. The main reason is that weeds tend to sprout green. This makes them quite easy to identify and then get rid of. It is paramount that you do not pull the weeds by hand as removing their roots will be fairly difficult during the winter. Instead, employ help from a grass-friendly herbicide treatment to kill any weeds that pop up and also protect the grass.

Lawn Care Service in Southern California

For those who love their lawns, but find lawn care to be difficult and tedious, it’s a great idea to seek professional help from a lawn care service in southern California. This will ensure that your lawn looks its best, year-round, with very little effort on your part. Lawn care experts are knowledgeable on how to care for lawns in all kinds of weather. For more seasonal lawn care tips, contact the Lawnscape experts today.

About Lawnscape Systems: For nearly 40 years, Lawnscape Systems has been the top lawn Care service in southern California. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Lawnscape are the preferred experts on Southern California’s turfgrass.

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Spookiest Lawn Decorations for Halloween

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Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year! People dress up for parties, children go door-to-door in creative costumes, and millions decorate their homes and lawns in all manner of scary Halloween decor. Decorating the front of your home with the creepiest lawn decorations ensures you’ll be an eye-catching attraction on your street. Plus, it’s a ton of fun to truly get in the spirit of the season. When you done whipping your yard into shape with our lawn care services, here are some fun ideas for spooky lawn decor to help get you started.

Ghosts and Ghouls

Here at Lawnscape, we know there are a million ways to decorate your lawn with ghouls and ghosts, but don’t be afraid to get creative this year! You can create them with trash bags, soft fabric and balloons, chicken wire, or pick up some store-bought varieties to set out on the lawn. Pinterest and YouTube have so many great DIY tutorials if you are looking to create each piece yourself. Consider adding your own ghost costume as a part of the scenery so you can jump out at passersby and scare trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

Witches, Werewolves, and Vampires

For those with a love for classic horror, decorate your lawn with a plethora of witches, werewolves, and vampires. Add in tombstones, cauldrons, and brooms to properly set the stage. Gain inspiration from one of many classic horror films such as Nosferatu, Werewolf in London, or Dracula. Otherwise, draw inspiration from more modern favorites like Hocus Pocus, Penny Dreadful, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and From Dusk to Dawn.

Zombie Invasion

Zombies are one of the most popular monsters to dress up as on Halloween. There are so many varieties to choose from. You can hang simple vinyls or silhouettes in your windows and design your lawn to look like a medical facility infested with radioactive zombies. If you’re more Romero zombies than Walking Dead zombies, then consider decorating your lawn to look like a cemetery with decaying zombie hands crawling out of graves, creepy dancing zombie dolls, and play moaning zombie sounds. It’s easy enough to find CD’s with spooky sound effects at your local Halloween store, but you can easily create these noises using instructional tutorials online. Make things bloody and gory or more kid-friendly; the sky is the limit!

Murder She Wrote

If gore if your thing, recreate a horrifying murder scene on your lawn by scattering bloody body parts and fake murder weapons on your lawn. Decorate your lawn with caution tape and a body outline. Dress up as a corpse and place yourself in the scene to scare onlookers. Put a fake decapitated head in a clear jar with some blood. Hang some fake bloody hands on a string and dangle it from a tree in your front yard. Mold dead bodies using trash bags, duct tape, blood, and some rope, then hang them from a tree for effect.

Creepy Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a staple of Halloween so why not have some fun decorating with them? Create puking pumpkins, skeleton pumpkins, the infamous pumpkin king, or carve scary faces into them. Add in some creepy glowing eyes or bugs and rodents like mice and spiders. Create a scary jack-o-lantern eating a fake dead body. A quick search online will help get you inspired for this fun, sometimes frightening, holiday.

To get your lawn in tip top shape this Halloween and for more tips on lawn care service in southern California, contact the experts at Lawnscape today.

Lawn Care Service in Southern California

As the first lawn care company to open its doors to California’s southland, Lawnscape Systems has been servicing customers for nearly 40 years. With roots in Los Angeles county, Lawnscape Systems provides the premier lawn care service in southern California.

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