Winter prep for spring lawn
With less than three weeks until Christmas, the last thing on your mind is how to prep your lawn for spring! However, the most effective lawn care is year round. Don’t let all of the hard work of spring and summer go to waste.
With winter arriving, there are things you should do to prep your lawn for spring. This work will ensure a healthy lawn once spring arrives.
To do list for spring lawn prep:
Remove heavy limbs from your lawn.
Heavy piles of anything cause compacted lawns, patchiness and dead grass. These piles also make great hiding places for rodents and pests waiting to get into your home.
Remove the last of the leaves.
Don’t just rake the leaves, remove the leaves. Piles of anything are not healthy for any lawn.
Aerate before the ground becomes frozen. Breaking through “thatch” is what allows air, water and nutrients to get down into the roots of your lawn. Whether using plugs or spikes to poke down through thatch, this process increases airflow and helps with drainage.
Water the lawn
Cold air and wind can dehydrate your grass. Give your lawn a deep watering if it needs it, but don’t water when the temperature is below 40 degrees.
Get rid of weeds.
Don’t let weeds take over just because your lawn doesn’t look pretty. Brown lawns aren’t dead, they are dormant. Dormant lawns are asleep. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed killer.
Mow the grass, one more time.
As long as the grass is dry, mow it one last time. Make this last cut a little shorter than summer cuts. This helps to keep rodents away, especially voles.
If you have any energy left…
Winter is a great time for mower repair. Clean, repair, replace parts, and sharpen blades.
This spring, you will be glad you prepped your lawn.
Lawn care is a year-round job. Even in the winter, you are prepping for spring. A little bit of work and prep year-round will result in a healthier lawn come spring.
Our year-round Lawn360 program provides aerating and pre-emergent treatments for your lawn. Contact Lawn and Pest Solutions for licensed lawn technicians who know exactly how to help your lawn.