Winter lawn care may be less intense than lawn care during other seasons, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that your yard is off to a fresh start once spring rolls around again. When the cold weather truly hits, here are some tips on how to maintain your yard through the colder months.
Winter Lawn Care 101
One Last Mow
If you are reading this prior to the first snowfall where you live, you may want to consider one final mow before the ground freezes. Making sure that your grass is short at the end of the season will protect new growth. Also, leaving grass too tall through winter can lead to burrowing animals damaging your lawn by creating dead spots and pulling up grass to create nests. If you don’t have time to mow or have already winterized your mowing equipment, call LawnGuru!
Fertilize For Winter
If you live in North America, there’s a good chance that your yard is made up of cool-season grasses like Bermuda or Bluegrass. If this is the case for your yard, you should fertilize your lawn before the first freeze. Late fall and early winter are the best times to fertilize your lawn because not only will you be replacing nutrients that have been lost from your soil during warmer months, but the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. Come spring, your lawn will be lush, green, and ready for some TLC from LawnGuru.
Clean Up Your Yard
Avoid dead spots in your yard once spring rolls around by making sure you clear your lawn of things like furniture or fallen leaves before the first snowfall where you live. Snowfall and cold weather paired with the weight of an object left behind can lead to stunted growth and thinning in that area of your yard.
Stay Off The Grass
Similarly to leaving objects in your yard, a lot of lawn traffic can lead to large dead spots come spring. Grass can be resilient, but it will have a hard time recovering from tire tracks or heavy foot traffic.
Here are some quick tips for protecting your lawn:
Avoid letting anyone park on your yard.
Regularly plow your driveway and sidewalk so no one is tempted to cut across your yard (call LawnGuru to schedule your first plow)!