7 Steps to Care for Your Lawn in the Winter
Caring for your lawn in the Winter months can seem like a challenge. There are steps you can take to make sure your lawn doesn’t suffer too much damage from the harsh cold. What can you do to take care of your lawn in the Winter?
1. Use a Fertilizer
Using the right fertilizer for your lawn is important as it will keep your lawn from turning an ugly brown. Using a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen can ensure that your lawn does not turn that unsightly brown. The best time to fertilize your lawn is in the beginning of fall and the last time you mow your lawn before the Winter season begins.
2. Use an Herbicide
Using an herbicide to control weeds in your yard is an important step in lawn care. Leaving the weeds to take over your lawn in the Winter months can cause your grass to die. Herbicides come in spray forms and liquid concentrates so choosing which one to use is a personal preference.
3. Mow Your Lawn
Even though grass dies in the Winter and it might seem unimportant to keep mowing it, it is an important step in lawn management to continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing completely. If you have a lot of leaves in your yard, it is a good idea to take them before mowing the lawn.
4. Use Grass Seed
Laying grass seed in the Winter is a smart idea so that by the time Spring comes your lawn is one step ahead. Laying grass seed monthly in the Winter should make sure grass that has died during the colder months regrows when Spring arrives.
5. Dethatch Your Lawn
Thatch is dead grass that overtakes your lawn in the Winter and causes it to turn the ugly brown and causes soil to dry up from not getting enough water. By dethatching your lawn you are removing the dead grass from the lawn and making room for new grass to grow in the Spring and allowing the water to penetrate into the soil.
To dethatch your lawn simply use a rake to get deep into the soil to make sure dead patches of grass do not build up.
6. Test Your Soil
To really know what your soil needs to produce beautiful green grass in the Spring you need to test your soil. To test your soil you can buy a soil testing kit or do it yourself at home by taking 1 cup of soil and adding half of a cup of vinegar to it. If the soil has a fizzing reaction then your soil has a good pH balance. If it doesn’t fizz, then your soil needs to be balanced by adding composted leaves to your lawn.
7. Water Your Lawn
Even in the Winter it is important to water your lawn regularly. This ensures that your soil does not dry too much and that when Spring arrives it is ready for the grass to grow back. Using a sprinkler system works better when watering your lawn in the Winter as you can put it on a timer and avoid over watering and standing outside for too long in the cold.
Taking care of your lawn in the Winter may seem unimportant because the grass dies. This is not true as caring for your lawn in the Winter makes sure that you have a beautiful vibrant grass come the Spring. By following these steps you will have a healthy lawn will be the envy of all of your neighbors.