Winter Lawn Care: How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

snow on grass

Did you know a common mistake people make is completely ignoring their lawn during the winter?

While lawn care might be the furthest thing on your mind, it’s crucial that you continue to take care of your lawn all year round. We’ll walk you through four crucial winter care tips that will make sure your lawn is in good shape come spring.

1.   Prepare as Early as Possible

Preparing your lawn as early as possible means less care throughout the winter and come spring. You should start preparing as soon as you feel a chill in the air. Once temperatures drop, you’ll want to put a plan into action before the first frost occurs. So, be sure to keep an eye out for the forecast and use the next steps to develop your plan.

The first step you’ll need is to schedule fall yard maintenance with Grasshopper Garden. With us, you can schedule plans for winterization of irrigation systems, lawn fertilization treatments, and anything else you’ll need!

2.   Keep Your Lawn Clear

It’s not time to put down the rake just yet. If you made it a practice to clean up any leaves on your yard during the fall, you’ll need to keep it up. If you haven’t started, we suggest you begin ensuring you leave nothing behind on your lawn.

If you leave any leaves, garden furniture, or decorations on your lawn, it’s likely pests and mold will move into your lawn, damaging or killing your turf. Also, your grass could get matted down or killed if there’s something weighing down on it.

In short, the best way to keep your lawn protected from pests and mold or damage is to remove the following:

  • Leaves
  • Sprinklers
  • Hoses
  • Garden furniture
  • Yard toys
  • Decorations
  • Grills
  • Spare logs

3.   Keep Patios and Walkways Clear

Protect your fragile grass this winter by keeping your patios and walkways clear. When you clear snow from your driveway, sidewalks, and pathways, you’re directing your guests to stay on a certain path and avoid going on your lawn, which will help protect your grass. This is because stepping on your grass in its most fragile state can cause damage and other issues come spring. Also, when you shovel snow onto your lawn, you’re protecting it from being exposed to cold, winter winds.

4.   Stay Off the Lawn

Like the last point, it’s important you stay off your lawn when it’s frosted or dormant. In this state, your grass is weakened, and any additional trampling could reduce its strength. If people are walking on your lawn in the winter, even someone with the strongest grass could see bald spots in the spring.

You’ll be surprised to find out that more weight on your grass leads to more damage. While everyone loves building a snowman, the more snow you pile up into one spot the more issues you’ll cause. Snowplows can cause similar problems if you’re pushing the snow into the same spot over and over again.

Here When You Need Us: Contact Grasshopper Gardens

There’s a lot to do come fall. Instead of focusing on shutting down your water irrigation systems or fall yard cleanup, contact us. We’ll take care of your water irrigation systems and fall yard cleanup, so you can prioritize seeing your friends and family, holiday shopping, and much more! We’re here to help you have a better holiday season with less stress.