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lawn careLawncare: What to do in the Winter

You might think that winter is a time when you’re off the hook for doing anything with your lawn, and while you might be partially right, mowing is certainly off the table, there are some things you can do now to ensure you have a bright and healthy lawn come spring.

 

Prepare your grass for a long sleep

Before the first snow begins, you’ll want to make sure you take the time to give your lawn a comprehensive preparation for its long winter sleep. This starts with your last mow. The grass in your lawn needs to be cut short, but not so short the crown is exposed. The reason for this is that overly long grass could smother itself once the snow covering and colder temperatures arrive. With the final mowing done, you’ll want to get your lawn aerated, seeded with cool weather grass, and fertilized. (We’re able to offer a competitive price on all of these services when purchased together) Aeration will allow space for the existing root structure to expand and grow deeper, preparing for the harsher winter months. It also creates space for the new cool weather grass seed to put down its own roots and combine with this existing root structure. Fertilization will help both the old and new growth to quickly establish itself and gain a foothold to prepare for the coming months.

 

Keep your yard clean and clear

Before the first snow sets in, you’ll want to make sure any remaining leaves from the fall are cleared away, along with excess clippings. Make sure that any errant toys or tools are picked up and stored away in a shed for the winter. Lawn clippings and dead leaves along with other items left on your lawn become and opportunity for moisture to be trapped against the grass and create a seeding point for mold and many diseases. What’s more, it will smother the grass and delay some of the advanced growth you are trying to encourage with aeration, seeding, and fertilization.

 

Avoid salt

Salt has been used to damage plant growth for thousands of years. The Roman Empire salted the earth of Carthage after defeating them in battle to ensure the Carthaginian Empire would never return. It should come as no surprise then that the salt you may use on your driveway or sidewalk can have a detrimental effect on your lawn. If you use salt to remove ice from outdoor surfaces around your home, you need to be cautious of the amounts being used, and once the ice has melted, cleaning up the leftover salt instead of leaving it on the ground can help alleviate some of the damage. Ideally, you should avoid the use of salt altogether. A good alternative is sand, which doesn’t melt the ice, but does provide traction for your shoes or car tires to be able to move more safely over the surface.

At any time of year, our experts here at Loyal Green are ready to help you with any of your lawncare needs. Our aeration and fertilization services, along with regular mowing, are available at competitive rates with high quality service. Contact us today!