Here are some things that you can do to ensure that your lawn is even more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing once the snow thaws. Let’s jump right in!
Make sure you clear your lawn of debris like leaves. 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.
Cut your grass short before the winter
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!
A little fertilizer goes a long way
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!
Other odds and ends
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.
Getting on these things in the late fall is recommended, but when you’re experiencing a lack of snowfall such as we are this year – it’s not too late! If you would like us to help you put a plan together to take care of your lawn over the winter, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck and stay warm!