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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 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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