Canada is home to cold, snowy Winter months and it’s integral for residents to know everything there is to know about lawn care during this time. Here are 10 things every Canadian should know about how to care for your lawn during the Winter.
1. Remove Debris
Anything left on your lawn from previous months can result in soil degradation when Winter comes. You should clear any and all debris from your yard whether organic or synthetic to stop uneven terrain, soil compaction, bare spots,
2. Rake Leaves
Once Autumn ends and all the trees have lost their leaves, it’s time to rake. Rake the entirety of your property to stop leaves from turning into
3. Remove Moss
After all of the leaves have been removed, you’ll be able to easily find moss that has accumulated in the shadier areas of your yard. Remove moss by raking it to control its spread as a quintessential part of winter lawn care.
4. Remove Weeds
Now that the debris, leaves,
5. Aerate Your Lawn
Now that your lawn is free of everything obstructing its nourishment and growth, it’s time to aerate. Using an aerating tool, perforate your grass with small holes that allow air, water,
6. Apply a Top Seed
Applying a thin layer of seed to the top of your grass will allow it to grow in evenly and reduce the risk of bare spots, soil compaction,
7. Don’t Overseed
You want to make sure you don’t overseed your lawn when applying that top seed because if done incorrectly it’ll defeat the entire point. Ensure that your top seed is evenly applied so that soil doesn’t become choked and compacted, disallowing nutrients to make their way to the roots.
8. Don’t Scarify
If you didn’t scarify in the Autumn, it’s best to wait until the Spring. The problem with scarifying or dethatching is that while it gets rid of thatch, moss and other debris, it does so by cutting through
9. Put Equipment Inside
The last thing you want to do when the snow thaws is to buy new lawn equipment. Make sure all your equipment is safely stowed away in a shed or garage so it doesn’t suffer through the elements.
10. Reduce Traffic
Finally, keep traffic on your lawn to a minimum during the Winter. Don’t obstruct your grass from receiving the air, water and nutrients it needs to thrive as it lies dormant under the snow. Another thing to be mindful of is gravel and soil build up along driveways – gravel often being used to prevent slippery roads – as this will become a problem for grass grossing. These steps will help ensure your lawn grows in beautifully next Spring!