Winter is nearly here which means it’s time to put the yard tools away until next year, right? While winter is not typically associated with growing green lawns, it is just as an important season as any for caring for your grass.
Most grass is dormant once cold weather sticks, but there are very important steps you can take to ensure that your grass comes back healthy, if not more so, next season. Senske technicians are veterans in the field of lawn care and can help you make the most of this winter season and get ready for a vibrant spring.
Should You Be Concerned With Winter Lawn Care?
In many parts of the country, grass goes dormant during winter. In order to keep your grass healthy, even in dormancy, try these winter lawn care tips:
Winter Fertilizer – Be sure to lay down an extra layer of winter fertilizer before snow begins to fall. Winter fertilizer is specially formulated to prepare your grass for dormancy and fortifies the turf for healthy growth the following year. It will typically contain vital nutrients such as nitrogen. You can have a professional lawn care company do this for you so that your grass gets the best kind.
Aerate – If you haven’t had your lawn aerated, this should be near the top of your to-do list. Aerating breaks up compacted soil and lets fresh air, nutrients, and fertilizer to reach your grass roots. Aerating is most effective when combined with fertilizer treatment and overseeding. Your lawn will get a head start next spring.
Weed Control – Believe it or not, weeds will try to spring up even as cooler weather has arrived. If needed, your lawn could benefit from a post-emergent weed control to kill any lingering weeds. It is also highly recommended to use a pre-emergent to reduce weed growth in the spring.
Clean Up Debris and Rake – A little raking across your lawn will go a long way. Dead leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, and other debris that tend to build up in your yard should be removed to allow your grass to grow uninhibited. Raking also helps spread any grass seed or fertilizer that has clumped together.
Overseed with Cool-Weather Grass Seed – Spread a layer of cool-weather grass seed over your turf. This will help your lawn bulk up next season by filling in any bare spots or dead spots that may develop. It is important to be sure you are using the correct grass seed for your area. Grass seed that is labeled “cool-weather” is usually a safe bet for cold climates. If you aren’t sure which grass seed you need, consult a professional.
Avoid Compaction – Once snow is on the ground, paths made across you yard might begin to form. Constant foot traffic could potentially harm your grass, leaving it susceptible to compaction. This means that bare spots may form the following season because the turf has been compacted and may not be able to grow as strongly.
A little TLC for your lawn before winter fully sets in is always a great investment. Be prepared now for a strong growing season next year. Do you need a consultation on winter lawn care?