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5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Lawn

5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Lawn

If you’re like most homeowners you take great pride in your home and your yard. Keeping your lawn healthy not only makes your home and property look attractive and well cared for, it also provides you and your family a lovely space to play and simply lounge outside.

However, as the seasons change so do the needs of your lawn. After you’ve spent all spring and summer managing new growth, your lawn care regime begins to change as fall works its way toward winter. While it might seem like your lawn will just go dormant over the colder months and rebound each spring like usual it’s actually very important to take the proper steps to prepare your lawn for the freezing temperatures ahead.

Now is a great time to start the process of winterizing your lawn and these five easy tips will help ensure that you have a beautiful bed of healthy grass to look forward to next spring.

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1. Now is the Time for Aeration

Aerating your lawn is one of the most important steps in the winterization process. It’s a pretty basic part of lawn care. But, depending on the size of your yard, it can take some time. Aeration is simply driving holes into the lawn to break up the roots a bit and allow air, water, and nutrients to circulate more freely.

Aeration tools are readily available at most lawn and garden stores but you might want to hire a professional. Those fun aeration cleats can poke holes as you stomp through your lawn, but they’re not as effective as the real machines.

2. Fall Fertilizing

Some fertilizers are specially formulated for the winter months and these are the types that you’ll want to use this fall. Use a spreader to evenly and adequately spread the fertilizer over every inch of your yard and this will help your grass handle the stress of the cold winter months.

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Be sure not to over-fertilize, however. Too much can severely damage your grass and even encourage unwanted growth so you’ll need to take care of your lawn weed control at this time as well.

3. Add Seeds if Needed

In most parts of the United States, fall is not always the right time to reseed your yard. But for those of you who live in the northern regions, fall is the best time to seed or reseed your lawn. You should take a soil sample to your local county extension office for a pH test and treat your soil if needed.

One of the benefits of seeding in the fall is that the sun’s rays are less intense, the moisture in the air and cooler rains stimulate the seeds, and they tend to germinate quickly. After you spread the seed, use a rake to distribute it evenly and be sure to water your new seeds if your fall weather is unusually dry.

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4. Watering Your Winter Lawn

Watering a lawn in winter might seem like a useless endeavor. But again, depending on which climate zone you live in, you might be watering all year round. However, if your lawn is covered with snow or ice for most of the winter months, there’s no need to water.

Just be sure that your lawn has adequate moisture before the temperatures dip below freezing and especially if you’ve added new seed, as mentioned above. If you live in an area that usually sees a lot of winter moisture but you go through a warm, dry spell you may want to consider watering sparingly.

5. Remove the Debris

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watering your winter lawn

    In addition to the above-mentioned lawn care tips, there are a few other things you can do over the winter months to ensure that your lawn bounces back come spring. Be sure to remove debris such as leaves and other detritus. Not only does this allow moisture and nutrients to reach the lawn itself, the act of raking removes dead grass and thatch which also increases your lawn’s overall health.

    Additionally, you can use the leaves you’ve raked to cover and mulch plant beds and tree bases to help them retain moisture and protect the root systems over the winter.

    Winterizing your lawn is not the most fun aspect of gardening but it’s vital if you want your lawn to weather the winter months well and come back with a vengeance next year. So start utilizing these tips now and start counting down to spring.

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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