After a long summer of working in your yard, you probably look forward to the break you get from yard work in the winter months, but did you know there are some important steps you should take to make sure that your lawn looks its best when spring comes again? In this post we'll go over the things you need to do to get ready for the cold and snow.
Fertilize. The late autumn/early winter is the best time to fertilize your grass. In the summer heat, the soil loses nutrients; loading it up with fertilizer before snow and frost locks that in.
Cut the grass short. Not too short! You don't want to damage the grass, but the last few mows of the season, you should lower your blade gradually. Ending the season with long grass gives unwanted pests and critters a place to hide, and short grass through the winter helps to protect new growth.
Clean the yard. If you have toys, fallen branches, logs, sandboxes, furniture- anything sitting out on your grass- pick it up. The weight of these objects under the weight of the snow can really damage your grass, and when spring returns, you'll find you have dead spots.
Rake the leaves. Remove the leaves from your lawn. If they are left all winter, damp under the snow, they could become moldy, which could harm your grass.
Don't walk (or drive!) on the grass. In the cold weather months your grass is fragile, and any paths made by heavy traffic will really show in the spring. Never park vehicles on your lawn!