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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 November 17, 2019

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

    1. Make a gift bag.

    A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

    2. Give a toast.

    Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

    3. Write a poem.

    “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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    4. Create your own labels.

    There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

    5. Give a gift card.

    Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

    6. Send a letter.

    Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

    7. Use social media to send a special message.

    If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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    8. Make your own digital greeting card.

    While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

    9. Make a YouTube video.

    Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

    10. Deliver cookies or candies.

    Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

    11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

    There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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    12. Put together a flower basket.

    Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

    13. Take a picture.

    Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

    14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

    The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

    15. Do something special for them.

    Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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    16. Reciprocate their help.

    Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

    17. Be there for them.

    Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

    18. Listen to them.

    Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

    19. Say it in another language…or two…

    A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

    20. Show them some love.

    A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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