Tips for Winter Lawncare 

Tips for Winter Lawncare 

If you love spending your summers puttering around the lawn, tending to your grass, growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit, and creating a perfect oasis on your own property, you may spend winter dreaming and waiting for warmer weather. But did you know that there are some steps you can take in the meantime to ensure a healthy, lush lawn come springtime? 

Get Your Lawn Spring-Ready

One of the best steps you can take in the winter is to fertilize your lawn. Late fall and early winter are optimal times to do this. A lot of nutrients are lost during the summer months as we enjoy green grass and great growing conditions. Before the first freeze, be sure to replace these nutrients and give your lawn a good dose of fertilizer. This will feed your roots all winter long and get it ready for a lush spring.

Mow Strategically

As summer draws to a close, lower the blades on your mower each time you cut your lawn. Gradually shortening your grass will let it weather over for winter without the shock of cutting it all at once.

Why is shorter grass beneficial? If your grass is too tall in the winter, it can invite field mice and burrowing animals in. They want a warm place to hunker down and sleep. Understandable! But in doing so, they build nests, create dead spots, and destroy your lawn. 

Clean Up

Be sure to clear away any stray wood, lawn debris, lawn furniture, and toys from your lawn. Objects that are left out over the winter can make dead spots. When spring has sprung, grass in these areas will be thinner and not as robust.

Tame Traffic 

If you can, avoid excessive traffic (but, by all means, enjoy your property as you see fit!). If you wear a path on short, browning grass, for example, it can have a harder time recovering in the spring. Again, the grass will be less vibrant than in other areas of your lawn.

In the winter, make sure your walkways and paths are shoveled and that you remove excess ice and snow. This way, people won’t tramp down a path on your lawn to get from point A to point B.

Also, do not park vehicles on your lawn, if you can help it. This leaves impressions in the soil and harms the grass underneath. It can also promote the growth of crabgrass and weeds.

Ask the Experts for Advice and Assistance

If you want help preparing your lawn for a fresh start in the spring, do not hesitate to contact Garrett’s Landscape & Grading. We can take care of the work involved with mowing, aerating your lawn, etc., as well as provide sound advice for lawn care all year round. 

What else should you do? Imagine your ideal lawn and get ready to make it a reality!