Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

You may think that as the weather starts to get colder that you can forget about all lawn maintenance until it warms back up in the spring. While it’s true that you don’t have to do nearly as much as you do in the summer, there are still some important lawn care tasks that demand your attention during the winter months. Read on to find out what you can do during the cooler weather to give your lawn a fighting chance in the spring.

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Remove Debris

Keep leaves, sticks, litter, and any other debris off your grass to allow it full access to the sunlight. If you shovel snow, do not create a large pile of it on your grass. Gently shake snow off of the leaves and branches of your outdoor plants and trees as well. Do not attempt to remove ice, however, as doing so may cause damage.

Keep It Mowed

Don’t store your mower in the shed quite yet. In cooler climates, you’ll need to mow until the end of fall, and possibly even several times in the beginning of winter before the first freeze. Those last few times, drop your mower’s blade to the lowest level to get your grass as short as possible without scalping it. If it’s too long, you may unwittingly be creating a haven for burrowing creatures seeking warmth during the winter. Also, long grass won’t allow air to circulate around it, especially under the weight of snow, and your lawn may contract snow mold, a disease which can cause irreparable damage. Also, don’t forget to clean, repair, and run routine maintenance on your mower before storing it away for several months.

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Aerate

Aerating your lawn allows sun, oxygen, rain, and fertilizer to reach the roots of the grass. If you don’t own your own aerator, contact MIKO for an estimate. There are also manual ones available that will give you a good workout while you care for your lawn.

Fertilize

The best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall and late fall, after aerating, but before the first freeze. Fertilizer provides valuable nutrients to your grass despite it being in a dormant state. MIKO Lawn & Landscape uses 100% all natural fertilizer for all its applications. It not only provides the required major nutrients your grass needs, but also several trace minerals necessary to grow strong healthy grass.

Fill In

If you have any bare patches in your yard, fill them in with grass seed, or the same species of sod you have in the remainder of your lawn.

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Prune and Prepare

Research the plants and trees in your yard to discover what pruning recommendations exist for each. Find out if any potted plants or trees need extra shelter from the cold as well. Now is a good time for a dormant oil application to help control harmful insects that may be lying dormant on your trees and shrubs. A fall fertilization for some of those struggling plants will help give them a boost going into next spring.

Stay Off the Grass

When grass is short and brown, it’s best to stay off. Your lawn is in a somewhat vulnerable state during the cooler months, so after you’ve completed all the aforementioned tasks, try to stay off the grass as much as possible.

A little preparation goes a long way. Don’t neglect your lawn in the late fall or winter, and reap the rewards of your hard work and attention in the spring.

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