Winter Lawn Care Tips

winter lawn careYou might think that you don’t really need to do much to care for your lawn during the winter, because your lawn lies “dormant” during the cold winter months.

However, not preparing your lawn for winter can lead to a patchy, dry and hard-to-manage lawn in the spring which will require a lot more time watering your grass.

It’s important to prepare your lawn for the winter and perform winter lawn maintenance regularly in order to keep your yard in top shape.

Winter Lawn Care Tip #1: Fertilize your lawn in the late fall or early winter before the cold sets in.

Many people stop fertilizing their lawn once it becomes cool in the fall and don’t fertilize again until springtime.

While your lawn is dormant in the winter, it’s important to fertilize your lawn “one last time” before the cold winter weather sets in.

Fertilizing your lawn in late fall or early winter will help enrich your yard soil with nutrients it may have lost during the hotter summer and early fall weather.

The fertilizer will remain in the soil throughout the winter, and help to keep roots rich in nutrients and ready for healthy growing come springtime.

Winter Lawn Care Tip #2: Keep your grass healthier in the winter by gradually cutting it shorter before winter time.

Lawn grass should be kept short in the winter. This will protect it from possible animal damage and it will protect any new growth just before the winter sets in.

Animals love to burrow in long grass during the winter as it keeps them warm and makes for a prime nesting location.

Mice in particular can do heavy damage to a lawn during winter by pulling up grass, roots, and creating dead spots where they nest. So, preparing your lawn for the winter by cutting the grass short will help keep it animal free.

However, don’t simply cut your grass very short right before the winter. This can damage leaf blades and shock the lawn system.

Instead, you should begin to gradually lower the cutting base of your lawn mower near the end of the last month of summer. By the time winter comes around, the blade should be low enough to almost shave your lawn.

Another thing you can do is make sure to use fiberglass for irrigation and electrical piping. Rodents and decay can’t penetrate fiberglass. Champion Fiberglass –

Winter Lawn Care Tip #3: Clean up debris, furniture, and other items from your lawn during the winter.

It may seem tempting to leave debris, lawn furniture and other items such as logs and toys in your yard all winter… but the weight of these objects on a dormant lawn may lead to thin, patchy or even dead areas in the springtime.

You should clear your lawn of any unnecessary furniture and items before the cold sets in, and consistently keep your lawn clear of debris and other items throughout the winter.

Winter Lawn Care Tip #4: Prevent as much foot traffic on your lawn as possible.

Brown winter lawns are particularly susceptible to damage from foot traffic during the winter. Foot traffic, which is just a fancy way of saying “People walking on your lawn” can lead to stunted grass growth, thin growth, patchy areas and dead spots if the foot traffic is frequent and heavy enough.

Therefore, you should discourage as much foot traffic on your lawn as possible.

You can do this by keeping your sidewalks and walkways shoveling, so people (and you!) are less tempted to walk across the yard instead. And if it’s possible, even keep your pets off your pet friendly lawn so that urine doesn’t build up and cause brown patches.

If your area is prone to snow, don’t just shovel one pathway to and from your sidewalk to a garage, storage shed or other area of your property.

This will create excessive weight on one area of your lawn and increase the likelihood of damage.

Never, ever let someone park on your lawn during the winter.

This can be damaging enough during the spring months, but such heavy weight on your lawn during the winter is almost guaranteed to create damage—the first time it happens!

Taking care of your lawn during the winter mainly consists of preventative actions before cold weather sits in, such as fertilizing the lawn and clearing up debris.

Basic care, like avoiding excessive foot traffic and putting away lawn furniture, will also ensure your lawn is at its healthiest in the springtime.

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