The leaves are off the trees, temperatures are dropping and you’re making plans for the holidays. Your mind is focused solely on winter time. Any lawn care related thoughts are miles away.
But the onset of cold weather doesn’t mean you get to ignore your grass for the next few months.
It might sound like hard work, but it will pay off when warmer weather comes and you’re greeted by fresh, healthy grass. Make things easier on yourself in the springtime with these winter lawn care tips.
1. Keep things clean
Proper winter lawn care can be as simple as going outside and cleaning off your lawn. Don’t let leaves, debris or toys spend the winter on your lawn. Not only will they smother your grass, they give lawn diseases a chance to fester, and mice, insects and other pests a place to live.
Do an occasional sweep of your lawn once winter comes. If an object is left on your grass during snowy weather, it can leave a dead spot where grass will have trouble sprouting once spring comes.
If the leaves on your lawn aren’t too wet or too plentiful, mulch them with your mower to add nutrients to your lawn. But if you’re stuck with a massive pile of soggy leaves, simply rake them away.
2. Fertilize and aerate
Aerate your lawn by using a spade to take out some soil and make holes where seeds can go. If you have a larger lawn, you may want to rent an aerator. Once you’re done aerating, you may want to apply fertilizer to give your lawn some added nutrients to get through the winter and thrive in the spring.
3. Mowing the lawn
We tend to think of mowing as a summer activity, but you should try to give your lawn at least one last late season trim. Tall grass creates an inviting nesting spot for field mice and other burrowing animals. By keeping your grass short in the winter, you’ll prevent pests and protect any new growth.
4. Go easy on the salt
Salt is no good for your grass, no matter the season. Try to avoid shoveling salt-filled snow onto your lawn. And if you can, look for ice melts made with calcium chloride, which are less harmful than ones made from sodium chloride.
5. Put away your hoses
Winter lawn care means turning off the water to your outdoor spigots and putting away your hoses for the season. Waking up to frozen pipes is something no homeowner wants to deal with. Turn off the water supply to your spigots and cover them with an insulated foam cover.
6. Preventing lawn traffic
Tell us if this sounds familiar: During the summer, your lawn is a like a brand new carpet, so soft, green and lush that no one would dream of walking on it. Then winter comes, your grass turns brown and coarse, and foot traffic increases.
Part of your winter lawn care regimen should involve cutting down on foot traffic. Grass is tough, but it has a hard time blossoming in the spring if you wear a path across it.
Keep your sidewalks clear of ice and snow so that people won’t be tempted to cut through your lawn, and don’t allow anyone to park a car or truck on the grass.
And when winter is over and you’re searching for ways to give your lawn a new look, turn to Woodward Landscape Supply.