We often donít think about lawn care in the winter, but we probably should.
While you may be more inclined to investigate snow blowers than think about your grass, there are some important treatment and maintenance tips you can follow during the winter to have a greener, fuller, healthier lawn by the summer.
Mow your lawn late into the fall
When the fall hits, you should start lowering your lawnmower height so it cuts shorter. If you leave your grass too long, your yard may attract mice, voles, and rodents that burrow in cold weather. Your goal should be to have your grass relatively short by late fall/early winter. Mowing your grass this way late into the season helps spur new growth up until dormancy, which is healthier for your lawn.
Fertilize over the winter
This sounds crazy, right? Believe it or not, late fall and early winter are among the best times to fertilize your grass if you live in a cool climate.
Hereís what you want to do. Fertilize your lawn before the first freeze arrives. During the sweltering summer season your soil can lose a lot of its nutrients. The late fall fertilizing can replenish your soil and, once the cold weather arrives, your soil and roots will continue to be fertilized all winter long. This will jumpstart your growth in the spring.
Donít let ice build on your lawn
We all expect some snow to accumulate on our lawns over the winter. But try to avoid too much ice. When ice thaws and refreezes it can wreak havoc on your yard. Do what you can to remove ice deposits from your lawn and keep it dry.
That said, you should be careful when using rock salt or other ice-melting agents on your grass. If you used too often or in large quantities, the salt can damage your lawn.
You want to avoid excessive foot traffic on your lawn during the winter months. Although your grass can definitely withstand some wear and tear, you want to avoid creating a path anywhere on the lawn. These areas may have trouble recovering in spring. Itís a good idea to keep your sidewalk and driveway paths clear of snow so you are not tempted to take a shortcut.
More importantly, donít allow anyone to park on your grass during the winter. The weight of the car and traction from tire marks will easily kill your grass during the cold season.
Follow these tips and your lawn is likely to have a great period of growth in the spring and summer.