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Lawn Care Tips for Winter: Why you shouldn’t stop caring when the weather gets cold

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Posted on: Nov 01, 2020Jordyn Rowntree

When you think of lawn care, you probably think of the warmer months. But maintaining your lawn is a year-long endeavor that doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. In fact, Autumn and Winter lawn care can help you grow the greenest, lushest lawn come Spring. There are several reasons why you should invest in lawn care no matter the season.

Autumn Leaves Mean Spring Bare Spots and Uneven Terrain

You’d be surprised how much not taking care of your lawn during the colder months can impact your lawn come Spring. Autumn is the season when all the leaves start falling and organic debris blows everywhere. Ensure you rake all of the leaves and remove all other organic and synthetic material off of your grass.  Keeping weight off your lawn in the Winter will prevent soil compaction, which can leaving you with bare spots and uneven terrain in the Spring.

Don’t Forget to Get Rid of the Moss and Weeds One Last Time

Looking to control the growth and spread of moss and weeds? Get rid of them in the Autumn so they don’t come back with a vengeance in the Spring. In the least sunny areas of your yard, you’ll find moss accumulating in large swathes. As all the leaves are blowing away, you’re better positioned to locate this moss and remove it. Once finished with the moss, find and remove any weeds and pull them from root to stem.

Aerating Your Lawn Helps Your Grass Flourish

Before the snow hits the ground, make sure to use an aerating tool to perforate your lawn with small holes and allow for air, water, and nutrients to make their way to grassroots. In doing so, you’re stopping soil compaction and ensuring your lawn gets the essential elements it needs to lay dormant during the winter and flourish in the spring.

Make Sure to Apply a Top Dressing to Your Grass

It’s critical to carry out a few lawn care rituals to prepare for Winter. Applying a top dressing to your grass is one of them. By adding a thin layer of soil over your lawn, you can positively impact the overall soil without damaging the turf below. Applying a top dressing is a common technique for lawn care that takes care of issues such as uneven terrain, soil compaction, bare spots, and nutrient depletion. This will help your lawn grow in beautifully in the Spring.

During the Winter, Keep Your Lawn Debris and People-Free

Once you’ve taken care of all the Winter lawn preparation, it’s important to remember to keep traffic on your grass to a minimum and remove any obstructing debris. Human activity and debris alike cause soil compaction on your lawn. Which in turn obstructs grassroots from getting the air, water, and nutrients it needs to thrive. Let your lawn breathe and watch your grass grow into a healthy yard with no dead patches in sight.