Winter will be here before you know it and while the prospect of cooler weather is exciting, it’s also a good reminder to start thinking about the lawn care practices that need to be taken care of before the cold weather hits. You might be thinking that once summer is over you can let the lawn care slide since you won’t have to mow as much and the sun won’t be beating down, drying out your grass. However, there are still three main preparations you should include in your lawn care routine before winter comes full on:
- Raking leaves and debris to let your lawn breathe
- Fertilizing your lawn to encourage growth and provide nutrients
- Taking action to prevent damage from cold temperatures
Lawn care over the winter doesn’t have to be an intense commitment, but it is important to be intentional about how you care for your lawn if you want it to come back beautifully in the spring.
Rid Your Lawn Of Leaves And Debris
One of the most important steps when preparing your lawn for winter, is to rake up any fallen leaves and remove them from your lawn. Leaves, twigs, mulch and other debris that has made its way into your lawn over the summer will encourage mold or fungal growth if it isn’t dealt with properly before winter. If you leave debris on your lawn it will block sunlight and airflow, leading to the growth of mold and fungus and creating an issue that is avoidable. Rake up those crusty leaves, fallen twigs and old grass clippings and let that lawn breathe!
Fertilizing For Winter
Fertilizing your lawn in the fall gives it the boost it needs to stay healthy throughout the winter months. Make sure to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and potassium, as these nutrients will help strengthen the roots and promote overall lawn health. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging to ensure proper application and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t sure how to approach the fertilization process.
It is important to note that fertilization should cease by the time the first frost hits for the season. Rather than continuing to fertilize your lawn, consider applying a winterizing lawn treatment to protect it from the cold weather. Your local landscape professionals will be able to recommend a great lawn treatment if this is a new lawn care hack you want to test out.
Protecting Your Lawn From Winter Damage
Protecting your lawn over the winter might mean a little more work up front, but it also means a nicer result come Spring time. The best way to start is to make sure to repair any areas of the lawn that were damaged over the summer, as this will help prevent further damage during the winter. Applying a winterizing lawn treatment, which can help protect the grass from freezing temperatures is a relatively easy way to protect your lawn from the cold weather.
You can also consider covering your lawn with a tarp or burlap if you live in an area with particularly harsh winters, but this is very dependent on the type of lawn you have and what sort of cover you use.
Winter Lawn Care In Keller, Texas
Rather than guessing on how to go about preparing your lawn for the winter months ahead, give the pros at R&O Landscape Services a call. Our team has been taking care of our customers’ lawns for over 10 years and we would love to make room for your lawn too! Call R&O Landscape for all of your winter lawn care needs at 817-944-4592 to see how we can help you!