When winter comes, all gardeners take a well-deserved break from tending to their lawns. Unless you live in an area that is warm all year long, you probably put all your gardening tools away and relax when the cold season comes. But the truth is that there are a few things that you can do even during a very harsh winter that can ensure a lush, beautiful yard once spring makes an appearance. If you want to learn what you can do, read the following lines and find out how to take care of your yard in wintertime.
Make sure that you clean the yard
It’s easy for items to be left on the lawn during the cold winter when no one goes outside very often. These items are accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes. You must make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after the last mow of the year. Also, you should do an occasional sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks even during winter. If you don’t make sure that there are no objects left on the lawn during winter, these objects might create large dead spots because of their weight. When spring will finally come, the grass in the areas where you left the objects will be thinner than the rest of the yard.
In the last month of summer, you should gradually lower the cutting base of your lawn mower every time you mow the lawn. If you slowly cut the grass shorter, you will prepare it for winter without shocking it by cutting it all off at once. Also, if you leave the lawn too tall during the winter months, it will fall prey to burrowing animals that want a warm place to sleep like field mice. These animals will destroy large parts of your lawn by building nests. They pull up large amounts of grass to build their structures, and they create dead spots where they spend all of their time.
The best time to fertilize the grass is during late fall or early winter. Before the first freeze comes, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing. This way you will help replace the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the summer months. When the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil, feeding the lawn’s roots all winter long. Therefore, when spring arrives, your lawn will be full of healthy, green grass that has been feeding on fertilizer nutrients underneath the snow.