We often associate taking care of our lawn as a spring and summer thing, but if you want to make sure your lawn stays healthy and attractive, it’ll require a fair bit of year-round maintenance. While winter can truly have a destructive effect on your lawn, there are certain things you can do to ensure that your yard remains protected. Here are some things that you can do to ensure that your lawn is even more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing once the snow thaws.
Make sure you clear your lawn of any debris that's laying around. Leaving them on your turf can suffocate it at worst – but at least leave it open to providing a breeding ground for pests and infections. Aesthetically, grass will struggle to bounce back if it’s been pinned down by a pile of leaves or an errant log all season long. This will create unattractive and potentially harmful dead spots all over your landscape. So remember – as soon as you can – clear all the debris off your lawn that you can.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to cut your grass progressively shorter each time you mow over the summer and fall months. It should be at its shortest by the time winter hits. While leaving it longer seems like a good idea on its face, it’s not. Longer grass can often become home to pests, funguses, and even small animals like mice, who’ll build nests under the protection of the grass. Like other debris, longer grass can create a whole host of problems and significant dead spots in your turf. Be sure to keep your grass shorter throughout the winter months.
Fertilizer helps replenish nutrients in the winter that your grass lost in the summer months. Do things right – and your lawn will be fed all winter. Once you hit the spring, the fertilizer will still be in the soil and feeding the roots of your grass. The result? A fast-growing, full, lush, healthy lawn!
There are a few other things you can do to care for your lawn in the winter. Spraying for grubs in the fall will get out ahead of them in the winter and prevent them from feasting on your grass in the winter. Removing moss is also important. Moss usually covers shaded areas where grass experiences challenges. Getting rid of the moss will give your shaded grass the best possible chance of bouncing back in the spring.
Be mindful of how liberally you apply salt and ice melt products as they can burn your lawn and plants. In the event you see excess salt on your grass or in bushes – do what you need to do in order to brush it off or get rid of it. More importantly – be mindful of where you’re spreading it and keep it where it’s meant to be kept – on the pavement.
Wintertime is the prime pruning season for healthy trees and shrubs. You’ll be able to see your trees’ canopies and problem spots will be easier to reach now that the leaves are gone. Even more importantly – your tree will heal quicker – leaving it well prepared for the blooming season when insects and pests come out of hibernation.
Everyone loves that fresh coat of mulch in the Spring, but it’s even more important in the fall. Mulch can help a tree maintain moisture in the winter but just as vital – it helps maintain the temperature level which is really important to a tree’s overall growth and development.
Don’t let winter get the best of your lawn, trees, and shrubs! Give us a call today at 603-292-3217 and we’ll give you a free consultation on what you’ll need to do to get your grass growing again in the Spring!