5 Lawn Care Tips to Prepare for Winter
The winter months can be harsh and do a lot of damage to your beloved lawn that you’ve been working on all year. Depending on the weather and temperatures where you live, snow and frost are particularly damaging for lawns.
Deep ground frosts can damage the roots of your lawn. Snow, if left on top of a lawn for days can cause decomposition and attract lots of insects and bugs that cause your lawn to become patchy. Also, weeds can start to take root, and with frosty conditions you will not be able to deal with them all before they start to spread.
So, what can you do to prepare for winter? Well, there are a few lawn care tips to prepare for winter.
- Remove leaves
I will explain these in a little more detail in case you’re not familiar with any of these terms.
Fertilize your Lawn
You can use organic fertilizers all year round to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to look its best. However
in Fall, before winter sets in, pick up a fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen. This is a compound that penetrates deeper to the roots and strengthens lawns in preparation for the harsh, winter conditions.
Remove Leaves from the Lawn
This is exactly what is sounds like, removing leaves from your lawn. Fall comes before winter, and with Fall comes a lot of loose leaves falling from trees. If you leave leaves on your lawn they train damp and attract insects. They will start to decompose quickly and cause some patchy areas.
Overseeding a lawn means to spread more seed over it to thicken the lawn. This is a good idea before winter as the more shoots and blades of grass you have, the more is going to survive the winter.
Weeding a lawn means finding every weed you can and destroying it. You can use a weed killer, but this can cause damage to the lawn around the weed sometimes, and it’s also a slow process. Pulling weeds out and making sure you have the whole root is the best way to deal with them.
You only need to aerate your lawn once a year, but it’s important you do so. Aerating a lawn means to poke some holes in the soil to allow more airflow, better drainage, and more nutrients to reach the roots. If your lawn is feeling hard to touch, and you’ve had a lot of rainfall throughout the year you should definitely aerate it.
By following these simple lawn care tips to prepare for winter, your lawn will look much better once winter has finally past. You will have less work to do in the spring to get your lawn back into top shape, and you’ll be the envy of your neighbours
There are some tools I recommend to make this maintenance a lot easier. Try using a leaf blower instead of a rake. Leaf blowers are incredibly fast at removing all the leaves from your lawn, although it can be difficult to get them into a nice pile for binnig.
You can also pick up aerating tools. You just need to push them and as they roll they poke holes into the soil. There are similar tools for overseeding too, so no excuses, your lawn should be in tip top shape. Good Luck!
I’m Mike, a gardening and DIY enthusiast, along with my wife Jane we started yardday.com to share our passion and knowledge with others