Lawn Care During Winter Months

No one really wants to be out in the cold, but proper winter lawn care is a must. Hopefully, you have done completed all of the necessary fall care required before you begin any more seasonal work.

The information provided here is for most regions and if you have any specific questions, you can always ask your local lawn care specialist.

Of course, you can’t mow while there are two feet of snow on your yard, so for those who live in these areas you can relax until spring. For everyone else, you still have some winter lawn care to do.

Keep in mind that if your region temperatures don’t change, your maintenance won’t drastically change as other areas do.

For those whose temperatures do begin to drop and the growth of your lawn really slows down, there are some tasks that you should perform to keep your yard healthy even through the winter season.

Winter is a time for hibernation which many plants need; not only is it a time to recover from the past year but to get ready for the next. You don’t have to spend hours with winter lawn care, but enough to ensure a healthy lawn.

Give your lawn one last cut which should be a little lower than you would normally. This last cut will give your grass enough length to maintain the nutrients it requires. A shorter cut will also help with the next step, fertilization.

Fertilization is the next step and this will be the last time before next spring arrives. There are plenty of winter fertilizers, organic too, at your local home improvement store that you can choose from. You can also make your own, but this is up to you.

Aerating your lawn is also very helpful. This will not only help to get oxygen into the ground, but it allows the fertilizer to get deeper into the soil where the roots of your lawn are. This doesn’t take very long, and the process is very simple; you may be able to rent an aerator from your local home improvement store.

Winter lawn care also involves a thorough clean up of the yard. Everything should be off the grass if at all possible. Swing sets and above ground pools can’t be moved, but if it can be moved then move it to the shed for the winter.

Keeping items off the grass will ensure that it won’t die. In the summer if something is left on the grass, the grass can quickly recover; in the winter, the opposite occurs and you will probably have to reseed in the spring.

The purpose of caring for your lawn in the winter is to ensure a beautiful lawn in the spring. It’s basically prep work; so the more you do now, the less you will have to do later. Of course, you can also think of it as the final care required for that past year. You want to clean up the old and prepare for the new.

Don’t turn your lawn care into work, because it’s not; besides you did most of it earlier that fall. The necessary winter lawn care is easy, simple and when spring arrives you will have a great start to a beautiful lawn.

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