Having a nice lawn adds the right presentation to your home. If you’re a homeowner, you want to make sure that your outside looks even better than the inside of the home. It creates a certain impression of how you care for your humble abode. Not to mention, your homeowner association always has a set of rules and regulations about lawn and leaf maintenance. Winter time can be a bit difficult when it comes to lawn care, but here are 5 strategies that will help you keep things in order.
Remove Unwanted Debris from the Lawn and Around It
Before you start to truly get into the nitty gritty of your care, make a blank canvas. You should begin this process in the fall, so it’s smoother sailing in the winter time. Remove everything from the grass fixings in the ground, debris, weeds, and anything else that will harm your progress. Use a good rake to help you create a clear path before covering the area with a solution for your lawn. Remove dead leaves or heavy items to prevent mold and moss from growing. During snow and ice season, shovel your driveway or sidewalk to prevent people from walking on your lawn. This type of interference will actually weigh down the nutrients in the soil. It’ll impede the work you’ve down on your lawn. Once you’ve removed the debris, you can begin taking good steps to help your soil stay healthy.
Keep Your Soil Moisturized
During the winter season, it’s hard to get enough moisture to your garden. The cold temperatures and lack of sun easily make your lawn look like a barren wasteland. Grass needs good moisture to help it flourish. Use a good leaf compost to help keep the moisture in so your grass grows better. Go to your local garden or hardware store to get advice on what’s a good leaf compost for the cold season. If not, you can always look online to different forums where people can give great advice on how to properly take care of your lawn this time of year.
Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn
Picking up the right fertilize will help you keep your grass a bit active under the ground. You should get a good spreader to help you evenly distribute the fertilizer over the grass. It’ll release pellets over your grass that will allow itt sustain even under the surface. Remember, that you still want your roots as healthy as possible. Make sure that you follow the instructions of your fertilizer package, so you don’t burn out your grass.
Next, you’ll aerate the land to not only air out the lawn, but give good spacing to allow grass seeds to embed in the soil. You can use a spade if your lawn is small. However, you want use a motorized or manual aerator to prevent the task from getting too laborious if your lawn is big.
Make Sure to Use the Right Grass Seed Before You Rake and Water the Lawn
In the winter time, find a grass seed that’s labeled “cool weather” or something that implies it’s for the cold season. Remember the spreader you used for the fertilizer? You can apply the seed with the same tool right over the fertilizer. Do it evenly so that you don’t have to knock out excess grass.
Once you do that, you’ll be able to rake and water the lawn. The raking not helps break up the soil better, but you can cover your seeds. Use your garden hose to spray the soil to help keep it moist. It’s a good idea to look at the daily weather report. You may not need to water as often because rainfall can do some of the work for you. This way you’ll take better care to not dry out or overwater your lawn.
Basic Upkeep During the Winter
Keep your lawn free from debris. This discourages insects and critters from living in your soil, which will damage your lawn. Also, make sure your lawn is well-trimmed. You want to keep your soil healthy by preventing it from frosting or thawing out.
The weather is hard to read during this time of season, and it’s best to take precautionary methods before the snow season begins. This way you can ensure that your lawn stays as healthy as possible during the winter time. With these 5 steps in place, you’ll be able to keep your lawn in top condition and ready for new growth in the spring.