Winter is more likely to be the season when you will be thinking the least about your lawn. Providing your lawn with frequent care in the colder temperature can be troublesome.
The end of fall season is an indication of the end of growing season. Regardless of that, you still need to watch out for threats such as stress or diseases. A lawn that is not prepared for the winter will result in a disastrous outcome in the spring. Below, the article will discuss some winter lawn care tips that ensure that lawn stays green and lush.
Preparing your lawn for pests is one of the most integral steps that you can take to prepare your lawn for the winter. You can utilize an integrated pest management strategy that can control any irregularities that emerge in your grass. From stress caused by drought, to fungus that eats up the nutrients of healthy grass, pest management strategies can ensure that the grass stays green under all weather conditions.
Rake and Dethatch
Before temperature drops, make sure to rake and dethatch your lawn as a form of preparation. Raking rids all the leaves and debris from the grass. This allows your grass to breathe and get all the sunlight as possible.
Removing access leaves and debris rids the lawn from developing any extra moisture on the grass. This is important as moisture serves as a feeding ground for microbial and fungal growth. Another thing you can do is trim down any tree branches that are providing additional shade to the lawn.
If your lawn freezes due to the extreme drop in temperature, you can use a post-emergent product that can help with this lawn trauma. Another thing that helps with avoiding winter damage involves killing down the weeds before the winter season takes full affect.
To do this, you can resort to a non selective eraser and spray it over the weeds. Since the eraser will be non-selective, make sure that you are not spraying it anywhere apart from the weeds as it kill anything that it comes with contact with.
It is important to treat weeds when they are young and actively growing. If the weeds have already grown to a good size, then you may find it more difficult to control them.
Care in the winters
You may be wondering whether fertilizing your lawn is indeed important in the winters. When the grass is not actively growing in the colder season, then it is likely that it does not need the extra boost of fertilizer. It is best not to fertilize your lawn when it freezes in the winters.
This is because even if it may look like the grass is at a dying stage from above, but in most cases it is very much alive under the soil. If you still wish to fertilize, make sure that the fertilizer is high in potassium and phosphorus and low in nitrogen. As you can see, a winter lawn freeze is nothing to worry too much about, as long as you have winterized the lawn in the fall season.