Winter may be the season that you spend the least amount of time thinking about your lawn, so here few easy tips that will help your turf make it through the cooler weather and come out healthier and better looking in the spring and summer months.
– The last few mowings of the fall you should lower your lawn mower blades. Short grass protects any new growth that may be more fragile near the end of the growing season. In addition longer grass can be used as nesting areas for mice which will create dead spots come spring.
– Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses. Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing and aerate 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.
– Make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year. Clumps of grass or leaves can trap moisture and cause moss or mold grow in your yard. Rake and clean the yard thoroughly before the first snow flies. Objects like toys, logs, and even lawn furniture left out during the cold winter months can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object.
– Try to avoid foot traffic on the grass during winter’s dormant period. While grass is fairly resilient, too much traffic will result in a recovery time in the spring. Most definitely don’t park a car on the grass. The sheer weight will kill the grass and soil underneath.