Seasonal Lawn Care: Winter
Having a great looking yard with lush green lawn means that you have to take care of that lawn not only in summer but also during fall and winter. By taking good care of your lawn through out the year will ensure that it stays nice and green all summer long.
Preparing for winter
You need to prepare the lawn before the cold weather sets in by gradually cutting your lawn shorter as you approach fall. By slowly cutting your lawn shorter before winter will allow it to winter well. Leaving your lawn too tall in winter will be an invitation for burrowing animals that will want a warm place to sleep in winter. Mice can destroy a lawn by building nests and pulling a large amount of grass to build their winter homes.
Fall is also the time when you should aerate your lawn. This lets your lawn breathe better and gives new grass a chance to spread without any competition from weeds. Breaking up the turf allows water, oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots and it also gives seeds room to sprout.
Fall is also the best time to seed your lawn because the roots grow vigorously in fall and winter. This is also the best time to fertilize the lawn as it will not only help the grass to survive a harsh winter but it will also help it to grow green and lush in spring.
Before the first snowfall you need to clean the lawn of all the debris because it can stifle the lawn and could cause the lawn to get diseased. It could also cause bugs, mice and other pests to appear and cause harm to your lawn. See that there is no object left on the lawn during winter as this would cause it to create dead spots in your lawn and cause the grass to be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard.
When the grass is short and brown in winter it can be easily walked on. Try and avoid all foot traffic on your lawn in winter since it can get difficult for the lawn to recover if a path becomes well worn on the lawn. Also see to it that the lawn area is not used for parking vehicles as this will leave impressions in the soil and kill the grass under the tires making room for weeds and crabgrass.
Though a blanket of snow on your lawn may be beneficial, ice is another matter especially if it thaws and refreezes. The longer ice remains on your lawn and the thicker it gets, there are chances that it will damage your lawn. You should always chip away any ice on your lawn when you know there is a storm or freeze coming.
Last but not the least is to put away and store your mower and sprinkling equipment safely so that it is ready for use come spring. You will need to empty the gas from your mower and winterize it before you put it away. Your hose and sprinkler will need to be drained of the water and stored indoors to prevent the hose from cracking and also preventing any ice from forming in the equipment.