Don’t ignore your lawn just because it’s cold outside. Many of the things you have to do to have a healthy lawn come spring starts during the winter, when temperatures begin to drop. Precipitation, freezing temperatures and other elements can affect your lawn’s health during the season of dormancy. Following are a few tips for winterizing your lawn.
Mow Low Before the Snow Hits
Try to have your grass as short as possible by late fall to protect any fragile new growth that emerges before dormancy. Tall grass in the winter can attract rodents that like to burrow in cold weather. They create nests and tunnels that can cause damage to your turf once spring arrives.
Proper Maintenance Throughout the Year Prevents Winter Kill
Winter kill can happen to any lawn, but it is less likely to happen to healthier lawns. Proper maintenance of the lawn all year long makes grass stronger and harder to kill. To best prevent a reoccurrence of winter kill, try to narrow down he main cause of weakening. Thick blankets of ice weigh down your turf, causing damage the longer it last..
Avoid Heavy Lawn Traffic Through the Winter Months
When the grass is brown and short it can be easy for people to forget that it shouldn’t be walked on. Try to prevent very much foot traffic on your winter lawn. Grass is relatively resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes well worn across the lawn. Your soil is also most vulnerable to compaction during the winter months.
Ice Melters Can Damage Your Lawn
Whether ice melt products are new territory for you or something you use on a regular basis – you’ll want to watch for potential damage to the lawn. Turf damage often appears in late winter or early spring in grass plots between the sidewalk and the street. There are melting products available on the market, but they should be used carefully. Carefully read the label on the product you buy.
Fertilize Before the First Freeze
Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. Fertilization during the winter replaces the nutrients your soil loses in the dry summer heat.
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