How to Prepare Your Backyard Putting Green for Cold Weather

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Fall maintenance for your backyard putting green

The smell of autumn is in the air, and that means it’s time to begin preparing your backyard putting green for the cold months ahead. After a long summer of abuse, it’s time for you to give your putting green a rest, and take the necessary steps to ensure it will survive the winter and thrive in the spring.

Walk the area and look for damaged areas, if it’s necessary to replace damaged sod, or sod bare areas, now is the time to do it.

Apply fertilizer to help the sod recover from the long hot summer months. During the fall, the sod will pull nutrients from the soil to prepare for the colder weather. If you are living in the north and have warm-season grass, apply a winterizing fertilizer.

Remove excess thatch from the putting green, and rake up fallen leaves. Give the sod its final mowing after it has stopped growing.

Fall is the perfect time to control weeds. During the fall, like the grass, weeds draw the necessary nutrients from the soil to prepare for winter. During this time, apply pre-emergent to kill off weeds.

Limit the amount of traffic on the putting green when the grass becomes dormant.

Contact the putting green experts at Modern Turf today for top quality sod.