Winter is coming along with its cold, dry, and harsh weather that will bury your beautiful lawn with snow. Though winter is a season to say no to ‘Mowing’ and ‘weeding’, and take rest from most of your lawn maintenance jobs, it doesn’t mean you should completely cast it aside. Winter lawn care is easy and involves only a few simple steps. As most lawn grass goes dormant in colder months, winter lawn maintenance ensures lush and green grass again in the spring.
Here are a few simple yet effective hacks that you can include in your winter lawn care regime to keep your yard healthy even under the snow.
- The actual winter lawn care begins a few weeks before winter sets in. So, before the cold waves hit your area, it is very important to clean your lawn. Look for debris and fallen leaves in your lawn, and clean them off the yard. Also, remember to keep aside the furniture and toys from your lawn. Debris and other objects on grass might suffocate them and cause diseases.
- Lower the height of the blade of your mower as the first frost of the winter approaches. With each mowing before the snowfall, keep on lowering the blade by a notch. Remember, as the grass will be dormant in winter and covered by heavy snow, long grass blades might suffocate and damage roots. Longer grass provides shelter to rodents and thus, causes lawn diseases.
- During the colder months, avoid walking through the lawn. As the grass is dormant, heavy traffic might damage their root systems and constraint growth during the spring. Rather, keep your walkways clear of snow and ice, and encourage people to access that. Also, avoid parking your vehicles on the lawn as it can seriously damage the grass and cause patches on the lawn.
- Most property owners make use of salt to melt the ice off walkways and driveways. Limit the usage of salt on your property and even if you are using it, ensure that the mixture must not get onto your grass. Sodium chloride saps moisture from the soil and increases its toxic level. Thus, salts are highly damaging for your grass and other plants in your garden. Salt damages the grassroots and causes yellowing grass.
- Monitoring the weather condition is very important when it comes to winter lawn care. Though the grassroots are very strong to tolerate extreme cold, certain conditions can harm the grass in long run. After a very heavy snowfall, it is worthwhile to remove heavy snow from the lawn (especially from the low spots).
The winter season is highly unpredictable. Sudden winter storms and deep freeze can put your lawn through extreme conditions. Apart from the above-mentioned hacks mind giving your lawn proper autumn care to avoid damage and diseases. Proper lawn care in autumn and a few effective winter care hacks pay off in the spring.