Top 5 Tips for Preventing Lawn Damage in Winter

If you are like some homeowners, you are probably looking at your brown, dead lawn and wondering where you went wrong. Well, there are probably many things you aren’t doing correctly when it is comes to taking care of and maintaining your lawn. However, it is important to realize it’s most likely not your fault – many homeowners don’t quite know how to take care of their lawns. The truth is thatĀ amazing lawns don’t materialize out of thin air. This is why it isn’t only important to focus onĀ spring lawn care, but also winter lawn care as well – even if you live in an area that dips way below freezing. Here are five tips for preventing lawn damage in winter.

  1. Stay off the lawn. Your lawn is particularly delicate in the winter, especially if the ground is frozen or frosty. So, you want to make sure that you stay off the lawn completely. This means not taking a short cut to the car or to the sidewalk. You may also want to leave a note to passerbys – just to make sure they don’t step on your lawn either.
  2. Leave your grass as long as possible. Frost and cold weather is already going to cause your grass to break at the tips, so you want to make sure that you leave your grass long when you mow it. In most cases, you don’t necessarily need to mow your lawn. This reason for this is simple: if your grass is longer, it will work harder to bring in nutrients, which is what your grass needs during the more extreme months. So, when you mow your lawn, you want to adjust the blades so that they take off just a few centimeters – anything more and you could damage your lawn.
  3. Make sure to remove any obstructions that can become invasive. For instance, weeds can take over during the winter, which can starve your lawn of water and nutrients. So, you want to do your best to de-weed. Typically, you don’t want to go overboard when it comes to the de-weeding process and you don’t want to use any harsh chemicals. Your lawn is already in a restive state during the winter and you don’t want to make that state permanent by using weed killers.
  4. Don’t fertilize your lawn during the winter. In the winter, you don’t want to compact your lawn with anything that can cause the blades of grass to die. During the cold months, fertilizer can be too heavy for your delicate lawn. So, make sure to hold off on fertilizing until the spring – or at least until the weather starts to get warm again and there isn’t frost on the ground.
  5. Lightly rake snow off your lawn. Raking snow will prevent something called snow fungus or snow mold. These molds and fungi can be ruinous for your lawn. Just make sure, though, that you don’t puncture your lawn or cause too much damage with a rake. In the end, you want to be as delicate as possible.

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