When winter arrives, most homeowners do not give their lawn much thought. It is dormant, they think, and requires no maintenance. So they relax and enjoy their time off and their grass does its job and comes back in the spring. They are surprised that it doesn't look as lush as it did the year before and wonder why. The simple answer is that they took the winter off. Continue reading to learn just what you need to do during the winter to ensure your lawn will be gorgeous and luscious in the spring.
Fall and winter are the best times to fertilize your grass if it is a cool season grass. You need to get it fertilized before the first frost so it is replenished to stand up to the colder weather. The fertilizer will provide nutrients that the grass lost during the hot months and it will stay in the soil to feed the grass for the entire season.
As summer is wrapping up, you should cut your grass shorter each time you cut. You want to gradually work down so that the lawn can prepare itself for cold weather without going into shock. You should never cut it all off at once or you will shock the grass.
During the winter, you don't want to have tall grass because it just invites burrowing animals to come make homes to stay warm. These animals will kill your grass with their nests and leave you with large dead spots.
As the growing season ends, make sure that your grass is as short as you can get it so that it protects any new growth that may have arrived. Hire lawn care services to help you with this task if needed.
Keeping it Clear
Before the first snow arrives, you need to any remove toys, debris, and furniture that may be on your grass. Anything left on the grass will cause dead spots or thin grass in the spring.
Once winter has set in, you should do your best to keep people off of the grass. Clear your sidewalks so everyone uses them instead of cutting across the grass. Avoid parking on the grass because vehicles leave impressions in the soil that will kill the grass and allow weeds to grow.
These simple tips to prepare for the winter will make sure that your grass survives and comes back beautiful and full the following spring. A little preparation will do wonders for the appearance of your grass.