It may be the colder months where you live but don’t let that put you completely at ease when it comes to taking care of your lawn. There are a few things you can do to make sure your lawn is properly cared for even in the winter months.
Watch Lawn Traffic
Even though your lawn may be dormant and / or have frost on it, too much traffic can cause damage that will really show in the spring. The best way to avoid this is by avoiding using the same paths constantly when walking across the lawn.
Another tip you may not have thought of is to make sure your walkways and driveway are clear of snow so that visitors won’t be tempted to cut across the lawn to get to you door.
Put Away Lawn Furniture
If you have lawn furniture, children toys or anything else sitting on the grass, make sure they are removed before winter and put in proper storage. Finding room in your garage for big bulky lawn furniture can be a pain and sometimes impossible. It’s pretty rare that people have room in their garage for such huge pieces that should be stored in the winter.
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Fertilize Before The First Freeze
It’s important to fertilize your lawn in the fall or early winter before the first freeze to make sure it’s looking right for spring and summer. Quality and nutrients can be stripped away from your grass in the hot summer months so it’s important to replace that through fertilization.
lawncare.org talks about the reasoning behind lawn fertilization:
“The subject of lawn fertilizer, for many people, can be a confusing one. Most of what your lawn needs can be found naturally in the soil. However, its growth will suffer if any of the essential nutrients are missing from the soil your grass is growing in.
Just as people take vitamins to supplement their nutritional diet they receive from their food, grass needs its own food to stay at its best and greenest.
The three main ingredients in fertilizer which will help your lawn, regardless of the type of grass you own, are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. If your soil has a deficiency of any of these essential ingredients, you should seriously look into fertilizing your lawn. Whether you choose to have this professionally done or not is up to you.
What is important is that you buy a fertilizer with enough of these active ingredients to make a positive impact on the overall growth and health of your lawn. Let’s take a look at what these three main ingredients do to foster growth.
First and most importantly of all, nitrogen keeps your grass a healthy, vibrant green, and keeps your grass dense and thick. This is a sure sign of a healthy lawn. The healthier your lawn is, the better it will be able to naturally fight off bugs and other pests, reducing the amount of time and money you would otherwise need to spend on pricey and messy pesticides which can actually do damage to your lawn and surrounding plant life.”
Aerate and Mow Before the First Freeze
“Just like fertilizing it is essential to aerate and mow your lawn before the first of the frost. lawncare.org details some early winter mowing strategies that are helpful:
During the last month of the summer you should gradually lower the cutting base of your lawn mower each time you mow the lawn. Slowly cutting your grass shorter will allow it to winter well without shocking it by cutting it all off at once.
If you leave your lawn too tall during the winter months it will be prey to field mice and other burrowing animals that want a warm place to sleep. Mice can destroy large parts of your lawn by building nests. They create dead spots where they spend all of their time as well as pulling up large amounts of grass to build their structures.
Make sure your grass is as short as possible at the end of the season. Short grass also protects any new growth that may be more fragile near the end of the growing season.”
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