The long winter months can introduce several stressors to your lawn. Precipitation, freezing temperatures, and other elements can affect your lawn’s health during this season of dormancy. Read on to learn what you can do to protect your lawn from cold this winter.
How to Protect Your Lawn from Cold Weather
Clean up Yard Waste
Rake up leaves before the first snow. A layer of lawn debris can trap heat and moisture underneath the now, causing a lawn disease called snow mold. Also, take in any toys/furniture that you enjoyed during the warmer months. The extra pressure on your lawn can cause soil compaction and prevent the roots from staying healthy during the harsh winter.
Modify Your Mowing Schedule and Height
Gradually lower your lawnmower’s settings as fall rolls around. Tall grass in the winter can attract mice and other rodents that like to burrow in cold weather. The nests and underground tunnels they create can cause damage to your turf once spring arrives. Try to have your grass as short as possible by late fall/early winter to protect any fragile new growth that emerges just before dormancy.
Aerate before the Cold Comes
Soil compaction causes waterlogging in the winter and can damage the roots of your grass. Aerate before the first frost to ensure your lawn’s roots have plenty of air and circulation when the temperatures reach freezing.
Knock Down Snow
Snow is heavy, and large amounts of snow piling on the branches of your trees and shrubs causes great strain to the plants. Use a broom to gently knock off the excess.
Call Green Lawn Fertilizing to Protect Your Lawn from Cold Weather
At Green Lawn Fertilizing, we’ve seen some of the Northeast’s toughest winters ever. Call us at 888-581-5296 for tips on how to help your lawn survive the harsh winter months and to learn how our Green Lawn Program can set your lawn up for year-round success.