Look outside your window: does it look like it takes a lot to prepare your lawn for the winter? Worry not — it only takes 5 steps!
Our lawns are usually low-maintenance: a little moving here, fertilizing there, and you’re good to go! In the winter, however, it becomes a tad more complicated. The cold can bring around a lot of complications for our front lawns that completely ruin them for spring — which is why we need to know how to avoid this.
One of our previous articles was about how to prepare your yard for the snow! In this article, we will be discussing how to keep your lawn healthy during the winter.
It’s not all that difficult but it does require a bit more work. Read on to find out exactly how much!
1. Now's the time to clean and to clean well
Before the first hints of snow start to appear, you should have your yard completely cleaned up. No toys, no logs, no excess things that really should be in your home or shed. It can be tempting to just leave it since it won’t really be seen under all the snow, but the excess pressure they will cause on the soil could very well be a big reason for the sad spring lawn.
2. Fertilize and give your plants much-needed ammunition
The sole purpose of using fertilizers is to supply your grass and plants with additional nutrients to keep them healthy. This is for, of course, if you live in an area where snow doesn’t come around but the cold weather does.
3. Aerate your soil
Again, this is for those snow-free winters! Aerating your soil will give it more air to breathe around in and, in turn, keep it much healthier.
4. Mow the lawn less frequently
With the cold weather around, your grass’ growth rate significantly slows down. What you should do then is to raise the mowing height of your lawn mover so it doesn’t cut against the soil and leave bare spots. This also means mowing a lot less.
5. Check on those weeds
Unlike grass, weeds are unbelievably hard to deter. This means that as your grass height is a bit more stagnant than usual, your weeds are not bothered at all. Figure out a way and set a specific time for those weekly weed pulls to keep your lawn healthy and clean.
The winter is an exciting time with Christmas coming around, relatives finally popping in after a whole year of being busy with work and life, and kids being at home more often. The one thing everyone sees as they pass by and enter your home is your lawn, so let’s try to do our best to make it a beautiful and welcoming experience from the get-go!
If you want a few more tips and tricks on how to keep your lawn alive and healthy when Spring comes along, contact our professionals at Scaped! They will gladly walk you through the process of preparing your lawn for winter and handling it during winter. Happy gardening!
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