5 Winter Lawn Care Tips

| 1/22/2018 10:48:00 AM

Once winter shows up, especially in the cold states, your lawn isn’t used much. So, worrying about winter lawn care isn't something which may be on your mind. But, there are some things you can be doing for your lawn even in the winter. Taking care of your yard in the winter, allows your grass to stay healthy year-round.

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Feed Your Lawn

Feed your grass in the winter. Even though it's winter, your grass can still reap benefits from fertilizer. Although grass doesn't grow in the winter months, if you've fertilized your grass in the fall, it will feed on this fertilization through the cold. Plus, if you've aerated in the fall, then this will give your grass the chance to use the nitrogen, nutrients, and oxygen needed for growth in the spring.

You can also fertilize your trees and shrubs to help them make it through the winter. They will need a good deal of nitrogen to help to survive the cold months. Soil rich in nitrogen won't promote growth in your trees and bushes but give them nourishment while being covered under a blanket of snow. When fertilizer is sprinkled around the base of the shrubs and trees, it will seep into the roots below the soil and nourish them during the winter months. Then when spring comes, it will help them with new growth.


Another option is overseeding before the snow falls. Since fertilizing won't help the bald spots in your grass, overseeding will. By overseeding those places before the first snowfall, then the seeds are ready to sprout when spring finally arrives. Water the seeds every other day until either frost or the first snow and you’ll have green grass where the spots were.

You also want to limit the amount of foot traffic on your lawn in the winter months. Be sure to keep your sidewalks and driveway clear of slippery ice and snow. This way, guests and family members won't walk all over your lawn. Repeated foot traffic in the area can wear a path where there wasn't one before. This will cause you to have to reseed in the spring to cover it.