Although we have had a relatively mild winter so far, we still have a way to go before we are out of the safe zone, at least as far as cold temperatures and frost is concerned. Like many people in the area, you probably think that you have done all that you needed to do for your lawn in order to be set for all of the winter months.
You have probably already aerated, fertilized, and added nutrients to your lawn, if needed, in preparation of the winter months ahead; but, now that we are in the midst of winter, did you know that there are other lawn care things that you can do to provide for the best conditions to your personal grassy plain? Read below to learn about some of the extra things you can do during the winter months to show your lawn some extra love:
One step that is simple and quite effective is to make sure that your lawn is clear and free from all debris. Things that are left on your grass for long periods of time can smother the grass blades and make it very difficult for them to grow once the growing season begins again.
Of course, all leaves should be removed from the surface of your lawn. Excessive leaves can either be chopped into small pieces with a lawn mower, or they can be collected into leaf bags and disposed of according to your yard waste collection agency. Small tidbits of leaves will eventually fall between grass blades and will decompose, as they provide nutrients for grass roots. However, if you have too many leaves, or if they have become wet and matted, then it is best to rake them up and dispose of them. Leaves that are wet and moist and are left on your grass will not only smother the grass blades, but they also provide a haven for diseases and insect infestations.
In addition to clearing away all leaves, it is also important to clear your lawn of other items that are not being utilized during the cooler months of the year. Things like planters, furniture, toys, dog houses, and anything else that is placed on the surface of your lawn, can have devastating effects on new grass growth, once Spring and the growing season is upon us.
Another way to show love to your lawn in winter is to watch the amount of foot traffic that happens on your grass during the cold months. Grass that is in a dormant state may not appear to receive any damage on it; however, even grasses with the strongest root system can be affected by repeated pressure and compaction. If you have a particular part of your lawn that you repeatedly use for a footpath or to walk the dog, then that section of the grass may become very noticeable once the growing season begins, because the growth for that area will be slower and more difficult. Avoid this problem by walking on various sections of your lawn or by utilizing your sidewalks and driveway as much as possible.
By using some of these tips to protect your lawn and give it some extra TLC during the wintertime, you can help produce a lawn that is lush, green, healthy, and beautiful in the upcoming Spring season.
Contact the experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care to discuss other ways we can help you love your lawn this month. Estimates are always FREE!