Although during the winter there isn’t very much that needs to be done to your lawn, there are some things you can do to prepare for the winter so your lawn thrives after the cold is over.
For most of the year, you have to worry about watering, mowing, and all the other things that involve taking care of your lawn to make sure it is healthy and green.
But when it comes to winter, that’s when the lawn usually takes a backseat because, well, it tends to get covered by snow or frost.
But despite the little care that is required during the winter months it's definitely important to prepare your lawn for the snowy season and for the time when the snow melts away.
Here are five ways to prepare your lawn for the wintertime, so you don’t have to worry about it during and after winter passes.
- Clean it off
Fall is called fall for a reason. It usually means lots of leaves falling off trees. When the colder weather starts to hit in October and November that usually means these leaves have started to gather in big piles on your lawn.
For the health of your lawn, before the snow is also added on to the pile, it's best to make sure that your lawn is cleared of these fallen leaves and other debris.
The reason is that when these fallen leaves start to gather up and create a thick layer and then get wet and muddy they can harm your lawn by suffocating it or even bringing diseases to your lawn.
- Prepare while the time is right
Once that chill comes in the air the rest of the cold and all it brings is sure to follow, so make sure to have all you need to prepare your lawn before it gets just a little too cold and snowy to do it.
Come up with your winter lawn care plan in place that way you can do it quickly and easily, so you know your lawn can pick up right where it left off at the end of summer.
- Don’t walk all over it
Because it seems as if the grass underneath your snow and ice is dead, it might be tempting to not pay attention to the foot traffic that goes over it, but that’s not a great idea.
Walking too much over your lawn even in the winter can still damage the lawn and prevent it from growing back properly in the spring.
If you can monitor the number of people and things that go over your lawn that would be best, especially if you want it to be healthy for the rest of the year.
- Aerate it before the snow
Lawn experts like The Yard Butler recommend aerating your lawn before the cold months really hit your lawn hard.
Aerating the lawn before snow covers it can have many benefits, such as air for the roots of the grass as well as churning up the soil and its minerals.
- Still, give the lawn a good mow
You are probably not going to have to mow the lawn as much as you do in the warmer months, but it’s still a good idea every once in a while to mow your lawn.
This will keep whatever surviving grass that’s under the snow healthy, as well as kill any weeds that begin to lurk up.
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