If you live in an area that experiences harsh Winter conditions there is a lot you can do ahead of time to prepare your lawn. Prepare your lawn for the Winter as the weather begins to get colder and maintain your property during the season itself. Here is the lawn care regimen for Winter we suggest.
Remove Debris From Your Property
It’s critical to begin thinking about Winter in the Autumn. Once all the leaves have fallen, you’ll want to remove them all from your yard by raking. Any other debris that has accumulated in your yard should be removed, whether synthetic or organic. By getting rid of debris, you can stop your grass from being choked, which in turn can lead to dead patches. You can also add organic material to your compost to make the most of the changing weather.
Rake Moss and Remove Weeds In Your Yard
Moss grows rapidly in the shady areas of your yard. Check out the areas of your property that receive the least sunlight and rake the moss to stop its growth and spread. This will help your future lawn care efforts, pull any remaining weeds from root to stem and consider applying a final treatment of herbicide to keep them at bay. You can add this organic material to your compost too.
Using an aerating tool, perforate your grass with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to make their way to your grassroots. It’s vital to aerate your lawn in the Autumn to help your grassroots remain healthy as they lay dormant underneath soon to come Winter snow. This will help fight against soil compaction too.
Apply a Top Dressing to Your Grass
The next step in your Winter lawn care regimen is to apply a top dressing over your lawn. This thin layer of soil improves the overall soil quality without impacting the turf below. This is a common technique in lawn care that addresses issues like uneven terrain, soil compaction, bare spots, and nutrient depletion.
Keep Your Lawn Debris and People-Free
No matter how harsh the Winter is, the best thing to do is keep your yard as free as possible form debris and human traffic. Debris and people can cause soil compaction, which in turn obstructs grass roots from getting the air, water and nutrients it needs to thrive. During this time, you should allow your lawn to breathe, so shovel, blow or use snow melt to remove snow from walkways, paths, and driveways for your safety and your lawns health.