Winter Lawn Care: The Basics

When it’s end of fall, the temperatures plummet indicating the dawn of another season. To some, this means getting the mower in the storage room and getting warmed up for the freezing weather. This does not necessarily imply the lawn goes to sleep. In fact, it is a sound time to get it ready for the coming spring.

During fall, grass growers at a slightly higher rate than it normally does in other seasons. This is because it continues to absorb moisture, thanks to the humidity lurking in the air. But the growth slows down as we approach winter in November and it’s entirely dormant when the white blanket finally covers your garden.

 

Take these steps to ensure a lush looking lawn in spring.

1. Fertilize your lawn

For your garden to thrive, it needs nutrients to maintain healthy growth. Benefit from this time of the year by getting nutrients to roll deep into grassroots. The type of grass you grow should dictate the exact time you fertilize. 

If you grow warm-season grass, you should probably wait towards the end of winter to fertilize. But if you grow cold-season grass, end of fall and beginning of winter is the best time for correct fertilization. 

Use a spreader to ensure proper coverage. This way, you’ll not miss a spot.

2. Go Slow on the Mowing

Keep the grass short before a winter storm. This way, you’ll protect it from catching disease and smothering itself. 

As much as possible; keep off the mower when it’s snowing. At best if you live in an area where the temperatures play around 50, you’ll want to spend some time clipping the growth. But when it’s all frosty, and the earth is wet, take some time off. This applies in particular to areas that receive heavy snowfalls.

3. Take Care of the Mower

You’ll notice that if you have a gas mower and it does not carry an electric start, it’s very hard to run in cold weather. This happens because the fuel starts to get stale because of the freezing weather. This condition leads to gumming of the carburetor, resulting to unwarranted repairs when you want to use the mower again.

To maintain the mower;

  • First, to the gas tank; add a fuel stabilizer
  • Run the engine to mix the stabilizer evenly
  • Turn off the engine so that it cools down
  • Drain the fuel to a can
  • Wash off dirt and stuck grass from the blade and deck
  • Use a cover to keep dust and debris from wearing the body after storing the machine
4. Aerate the Lawn

To make the grass more resilient, it has to grow strong. One of the best ways to stop compact soil is by using a spike or fork to poke holes into the ground. This process improves drainage and lets the air flow to the grass. You can easily rent these tools from the local garden tools store or just use their manual versions.

5. Rake the Leaves

Leaves are known to retain moisture which leads to rotting. If left to sit on the lawn, they may form an impenetrable layer which encourages worms and development of disease.

Use a rake which slightly digs into the soil but removes the leaves in the process. A brush will also be good enough for this purpose.

Summing Up

Well, there you have it. When you want your lawn to maintain a luxurious look through summer, the tips above are all you need. Be sure to be gentle on the grass when it’s wet and soggy. Also, do no forget to deal with worms and mounds towards the end of winter.