Many homeowners believe that once the winter season hits, there’s no work that needs to be done towards their lawn. However, that is not the case. Of course, your lawn does not require the same amount of care in the winter as it does in the summer, spring, and fall, but you can’t just completely ignore it. Fixing up a damaged yard from the winter season can be expensive and a lot of work. However, you can guarantee that it will be in good shape by the time spring comes along as long as you follow these guidelines:
Aerate & Fertilize Your Lawn At The End of the Fall Season
Before the first winter storm in your area hits for the year, take the time to aerate and fertilize your lawn. Doing this gives your lawn a chance to relax before the grass becomes dormant for the next few months. It also helps to relieve any built up compaction during the winter.
After you aerate your lawn, it’s critical to take the time to fertilize your lawn. This helps give your grass the nutrients that it needs as it begins preparation for the winter season. And whenever spring comes around, your lawn will have a head start at becoming green and gorgeous because you let your grass absorb and store nutrients in the winter. Having your lawn properly taken care of will also help prevent any pests,weeds, and other diseases from forming whenever it gets warmer outside.
Regularly Clean Your Lawn
During the fall, leaves will fall from your trees and pile up all over your lawn, but this can cause your lawn to suffocate before the winter season. To avoid this, make sure to clean up the leaves because they can potentially get wet, and if they become too wet it can cause diseases to form by the time spring comes along. There are two many different ways to remove leaves from your yard:
- As long as the leaves aren’t too wet or thick, you should be able to mulch them into tiny pieces with your lawn mower to recycle those nutrients back into your yard.
- If the leaves are too wet, you can’t use your lawn mower. You’ll have to rake them into piles and remove them from your yard completely using gloves and one of your trash cans.
It’s important to also remove:
- fallen branches
- lawn furniture
- spare logs from your fire pit
- animal waste
- any other debris
Avoid Lawn Traffic As Much As You Possibly Can
Whenever your yard becomes frosted and dormant, it’s critical to avoid walking on it as much as you possibly can. Even the strongest grass can weaken if the same area is walked on too many times.And if an ice or snow storm occurs,you must keep your walkways, sidewalks, and driveways clear of snow and ice so you’ll always have a safe place to walk. Combine one part warm water and two parts rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, use this to spray on your driveway and sidewalks to gradually melt the ice. Use a shovel or a shop-vac to remove any snow piles.
Prepare Your Lawn For The Winter While You Still Have The Chance
Once it starts to get chilly outside, pay attention to the weather forecast and take the necessary steps to put your winter lawn care plan into action before the year’s first frost occurs. Make sure you come up with a well thought-out plan beforehand and leave yourself a good amount of time to do this before it’s too late and your lawn is doomed.