With winter, right around the corner one’s lawn might be left to fend for itself once the first frost hits without regard to the time and money that was put into it during the spring and summer. There are few simple tips and tricks that can be done towards the end of fall and beginning of winter to keep your investment sound and maybe even give you or your landscaper and leg up on the end of winter and beginning of spring lawn prep.
To rake or not to rake that is the question! There are two schools of thought about fall’s last stand that has fallen and collected on the lawn and both have merit. Those who believe in a neat tidy lawn do so not just for asthenic (who knows when that first snow fall will hit) but because the belief is that wet spots will form under the leaves and allow for moss or mold to grow. Followers of the “let the leaves stay where they lie” believe it is a great protector of the lawn and will break down and naturally fertilize the lawn. Neither is wrong in fact a mixture of the two is best. Raking your natural fertilizer, shredding it and mixing it with a lawn fertilizer then spreading before first frost is the best and will provide your lawn with nutrients that it might not otherwise get once winter hits.
While grass is resilient, it is best to keep the snowman and sledding to the park as excess traffic on the snowy ground can cause damage. Make to keep all walkways and driveways clear so that family and guests can stay off the lawn and keep the tender grass under the snow free from harm’s way.
Remove all lawn furniture and kids’ toys that while left out in the summer months during use can cause dead spots in your lawn during the winter months. During the winter your lawn is very tender and left under the weight of heavy objects can kill spots in your lawn. Keep an eye during the winter for any large branches or debris that might also have the same effect.
Finally make sure your lawn has been mowed one last time. It might be tempting to skip that last lawn mow when there is a chill in the air but it very important as it keeps pest out. If your grass is too tall it attracts field mice whether you live in the country or not; they will burrow and destroy your lawn even if its coved by snow. Another reason to mow your lawn that one last time is that weeds cannot grow once they are cut in the winter. A winter lawn is like a show and tell of where the weeds are growing. Mowing over them stops their growth cold and will allow you not have to worry about that come spring.