When the leaves start to change color and trickle down to the ground, you know that fall is in the air. Which can only mean winter isn’t too far behind. Use these winter lawn care tips to get your yard ready before winter comes knocking on your front door.
On the contrary, the importance of landscaping preparation for the colder climates tends to go unnoticed. The cold can potentially devastate your landscaping despite the warning signs if proper preventative measures are not taken.
Winter Lawn care tips prepare your yard for the winter
If you’re wondering what to do to preserve your curb appeal during the winter months, look no further. We’ve put together this list of handy lawn care tips that will help maintain the beauty of your landscaping.
Mow the lawn
It is best to cut the grass no less than 4 inches, especially during the snow-prone areas. If the grass is cut too short, snow and ice could easily damage the roots, leaving your yard with dead patches of grass. If the grass is left too long, the grass could become matted underneath snow and ice.
Properly drain irrigation systems
It is good to remember to blow out any automated irrigation systems to help prevent the system from freezing over. Additionally, you’ll want to store any coil hoses, nozzles, sprayers, and other equipment in an enclosed area that is not prone to freezing
Collect and recycle fallen leaves
Believe it or not, it’s okay to mow over leaves to chop them up into pieces, leaving them to decompose naturally. As an alternative, the chopped leaves can be used as mulch or add them to compost piles. When the opportunity arises, it’s always good to go the greener route.
Fertilize your lawn
Fertilizer provides essential nutrients for proper plant growth. Before your lawn is expected to undergo extensive harsh weather conditions, consider fertilizing. It will help prevent your yard from browning once the cold weather clears up.
Although, keep in mind that fertilizing in the winter seasons is excellent for thicker root growth. If you want a green lawn all winter season, consider fertilizing with ryegrass. A good recommendation is to overseed your lawn at least 6 to 8 weeks before the first winter freeze hits.
Aerate your lawn before winter
The process of aeration opens up the soil to promote a healthier environment for the grassroots. From coring style to slicing type aeration, it should be done occasionally, especially before the cooler months. In addition, don’t forget to irrigate your lawn a few days before you aerate for the best outcome.
Shelter the winter vegetables
If you have a home garden with fruits and vegetables, you must cover the garden to prevent it from freezing. No matter if the vegetables are tolerant to cold weather, it is still a good measure to take precautions from damage to the plants. Your future self will thank you for the healthy selection of edible fruits and vegetables to enjoy come springtime.
Change the watering schedule
Watering when the cold temperature rises will only cause damage to the lawn. Plants do not need their regular water intake during the wintertime as they typically stop growing during this season—instead, water during the day when the temperature is warmer. In many cases, you might not need to water at all until winter is over, but this depends on your geographical location.
Watch where you step
Try not to step on your lawn as much as possible when the temperature begins to dip. The cold weather will cause your lawn to be more brittle, so any amount of weight could cause the grass to snap, damaging it in the long run.
Contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care
Contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care when in doubt, and we’ll help get your lawn back in shape. We know first-hand how harsh the winter season can be, and you can trust that our team of experts will ensure you feel confident with the future of your yard. Contact us today at 801-477-1289 or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.