Winter Lawn Care – Winter Lawn Maintenance

With no more mowing or weeding, winter is a nice period of rest from lawn maintenance. That doesn’t mean you can completely abandon your lawn, however. Winter maintenance for grass involves just a few simple steps that should have your lawn looking lush again in the spring. Keep reading to learn about how to take care of grass in winter.

Winter Lawn Care

The most important and active steps in winter lawn care actually take place before winter sets in. As the first frost approaches, gradually lower the blade of your lawnmower with each mowing. This will ease your grass into a shorter length that will discourage damaging rodents from taking shelter in it over winter.

Winter Lawn Care - Winter Lawn Maintenance

Just before the first frost, aerate your lawn to relieve compaction. Then apply a lawn fertilizer.

Winter Lawn Care - Winter Lawn Maintenance

Since activity on the grass will be low, the fertilizer will sit among the blades and slowly seep in, feeding them all season long. When you aerate and fertilize, make sure to move across your lawn in a crisscrossing pattern – if you move in a single set of straight lines, you’ll have obvious straight lines of healthy grass in the spring.

Tips on Caring for Winter Lawns

Once these steps have been taken, the key to lawn care in winter is simple maintenance. Sweep away fallen leaves and remove anything sitting on the lawn, such as furniture, toys, or branches. As the season progresses, continue to remove new fallen branches and leaves. The weight of these objects over the course of the winter can kill or seriously stunt your grass.

For the same reason, discourage people from walking across the grass. Keep pathways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice to keep people from taking shortcuts across your lawn. Never park a vehicle on the lawn in winter, as it can do serious damage.

Salt can undo a lot of the good of winter lawn care. Don’t shovel or plow snow that is full of salt onto your grass, and try to use minimal salt near it. If you must use salt, opt for calcium chloride-based mixtures, which are less harmful than sodium chloride-based ones.

If you have trouble picking the right grass type for your lawn, check out our top 10 lawn grass types.

Winter Lawn Care - Winter Lawn Maintenance


Thanks for sharing this!

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  1. There is always need to take care of lawn and lawn equipment in off season. Before storing the lawn mowers in winter it should be serviced so that it can be used efficiently after the winter. Thanks for sharing winter lawn care tips.

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