Best Way To Take Care Of Your Lawn In The Winter

Many times, lawns are neglected during the colder seasons. If it is neglected, it will show during the warmer months. Even though the lawn may look like it is dormant, how it is taken care of will make a different in the overall health. Taking care of a lawn during colder months is not difficult and the regimen will vary depending on the type of lawn you have.

Before you begin your lawn care, it is important to know what type of grass you have: cool or warm season. Common cool season grasses include bluegrass, fescues, ryegrass and bentgrass. Warm season grasses include Bermuda, zoysiagrass, Saint-Augustine and buffalograss. Different types of grasses will require different treatments.

To prevent lawn disease during colder months, remove leaves from the yard. If they are left on the lawn, it will prevent the sunlight and air from getting into the grass and encourage disease. The leaves need to be either raked or mulched with a mower. It is also important to remove any other debris on the lawn, including toys, logs and equipment. All of these can smother the grass.

Because the grass does not die in the winter, fertilizing is a good idea. This will prepare the grass for the spring making it much more health and green. Mulch added to the yard can act as insulation, keep the weeds down and prevent erosion of the soil. Cool-season grasses should be fertilized in September, October or November and warm-season grass in July, August or September.

Weeding the grass is essential in colder months because the grass in not growing as fast. Some weeds will take over and kill the grass. You may want to apply a weed killer. There are some called weed and feed that will fertilize the grass as well as kill the weeds.

As the colder season gets closer, slowly lower the height of your mower. A winter lawn should not start with new growth because it will attract diseases. New growth will easily dry out with the first cold winds. Lower your height gradually until you are almost shaving the lawn. Make sure this is done in steps so that you are not removing good tissue or hurting the turf.

After a long summer of activity on your lawn, it can be damaged and compacted. Giving your grass a good aerating before the colder season begins will discourage any thatch growth and also prepare the lawn for new and good growth in the spring.

With the proper care and maintenance of your lawn during the colder season, you will have a beautiful yard to be proud of in the spring.

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