Winter Lawn Care Tips

by D Bird 6 Comments

Preparing For Spring

messy lawnDuring the winter months you are not likely to mow your lawn unless you live in an area that is relatively warm all year long,  This is the best time to start preparing your lawn for spring. There are a few things you can do by following these  winter lawn care tips that will help revive a beautiful, lush yard when spring arrives.

Fertilizing in the Winter

Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize your grass. Fertilizing your lawn before the first freeze to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the summer months. The fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. When spring comes your lawn will be full of healthy, lush, green grass that has been feeding on fertilizer nutrients.

Mowing In The Fall Season

Slowly lawn mowing 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 lead to field mice and other burrowing animals. Mice can create dead spots where they spend all of their time nesting, as well as pulling up large amounts of grass to build their structures. Short grass also protects any new growth that may be more fragile near the end of the growing season.

Fall Lawn Care Schedule

Avoid Lawn Traffic & Collecting Debris

There is not many other winter lawn care tips that needs to be done during the cold months of winter. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more. Prevent much foot traffic on your winter lawn as much as possible. Grass is resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes worn out across the lawn.

  • Rake away any dead leaves that may have fallen and collected on your yard. Raking dead leaves helps to avoid wet spots that can become mossy or moldy. Keep the lawn cleared of debris.
  • Clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year.
  • Sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks during the winter.  If an object is left on the grass during cold weather and snowfall it can create large dead spots.

These easy to do winter lawn care tips should make the transition to spring a little easier!  Let us know in the comments if you have anything else to add to this.

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Comments ( 6 )

  1. ReplyColin MacMillian
    Excellent. Getting well-prepared for spring is indeed very wise, which make winter lawn care very critical. Thank you for these very helpful tips.
  2. ReplyUrwashee Saxena
    One thing we all need to make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year. Do an occasional sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks during the winter, as well. If an object is left on the grass during cold weather and snowfall it can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object. In the spring the grass in that area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard. Thank you for sharing!!
  3. ReplyCannon
    I also loved how you talk about slowly cutting the grass shorter!
  4. ReplyMarcus Coons
    I had no idea that cutting your lawn short in the winter can help your grass withstand the winter better. It is important to understand how your grass works and how you can get it through the cold seasons. We are planting new sod and want to make sure it lasts, so I'm glad I found your page.
  5. ReplyDeb Pearl
    I never thought about fertilizing my lawn before the first freeze that happens. That is really nice that the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed our lawn's roots all winter. I will have to give it a try! I would love to have a healthier lawn in the spring.
  6. ReplyProlificAshley
    Great tips. I will take note of this. Thanks admin

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