Winter Lawn Care Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring
During the winter months, you may not think much about your yard. But the things you do during the winter can affect how your yard looks during the spring. Here are a few tips that you should follow if you want to ensure your lawn remains full, green and lush after the winter season.
During the winter months, it is best to remove debris from your yard. Many people let debris accumulate in their yard, such as leaves, sticks and other items. They figure it will blow away or they will remove it when the weather is nicer. However, as these items accumulate in your yard, they can kill your grass. Remove the debris promptly so your grass can breathe and debris doesn't cause it to turn brown or die.
Aerate The Lawn
It is strongly recommended that you aerate the lawn in the fall, before winter hits. Aerating the lawn creates small holes that allow moisture, sun, oxygen, and fertilizer to reach the roots of your grass. It can be harder for these items to reach the roots in the winter due to snow and ice buildup. Aerating your yard makes it easier for these items to reach the root system of your grass, which ultimately helps it to thrive.
Avoid Excessive Lawn Traffic
Another tip to help your lawn stay healthy during the winter is to avoid excessive lawn traffic. Winter can be rough on your lawn. You already have ice and snow accumulating on the yard. The last thing you need is to add more weight and pressure by walking over the lawn repeatedly or putting things like inflatables on your yard during the holiday season. Try to avoid weighing your lawn down by keeping it free and clear of traffic.
Avoid Using Snow-Melting Salt
The last thing that you should avoid doing during the winter months is using a snow-melting salt on or near your yard. If there is ice on your yard, it is best to just leave the ice alone until it melts on its own. However, some people don't like the ice, and they try to melt it using snow-melting salt. Salt can dry your yard out and cause chemical burns to your grass. You can kill patches of grass or your entire lawn by using this salt on it. As such, avoid using it to prevent these problems.
Don't let winter destroy your yard! Here at Meyers Green Services, we can help you care for your lawn in the winter so that it remains lush and full in the spring. We are a full-service landscape maintenance and design/build firm that services both commercial and residential businesses in the greater Columbus, OH area. Call us today for an estimate or to schedule your appointment.