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4 Ways To Keep Your Lawn Healthy Through The Winter

4 ways to keep lawn healthy through winter

While your lawn and trees may not need as much attention during the wintertime, it is still an ideal time to make plans for their care throughout the rest of the year. Winter can be a harsh time for your lawn as plants and grass go dormant during the colder months, and there is no guaranteed way to predict whether or not they will survive until spring finally arrives. However, there are some definite ways that you can help increase their chances during the winter months. With the right winter lawn care regimen, you can work to ensure that you will have a lawn full of healthy, green grass this spring. Keep reading to learn about four ways you can work this winter to ensure that you will have a happy and healthy lawn when spring comes back around.

Remove Leaves, Weeds, & Debris

Leaves and debris can blow around during the fall and winter and start to cover portions of your sod areas even after you have cleaned them up during the fall. If this debris begins to pile up too much, it can begin to block the sunlight from reaching the sod. This is going to prevent nutrients from reaching down to your grass blades and will make it much harder for the sod to bounce back when spring comes around. Weeds can also steal nutrients from your lawn, making it weaker. With weed control and fertilization services, your lawn can stay healthier during the winter.

Mulch Around Shrubs & Perennials

Proper mulch installation around the base of plants can serve a dual purpose. Firstly, it will help protect perennials and ground covers from any freezing damage, and secondly, it works to trap moisture around the base of the plant, allowing the plant to access the water for longer. This helps prevent evaporation, which works to maximize the amount of water the plant receives.

Winter Water Sod Areas

Winter watering of sod areas is one of the most important maintenance items on your to-do list during the winter months. Large portions of sodded areas in your yard can die if they don't receive any precipitation for several months, so it pays to make sure they get the moisture they need. That being said, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind when watering your lawn during the winter. First, you should only water these areas when the air and ground temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, you want to make sure you are watering during the middle of the day to keep water from freezing over the yard if it gets cold. Lastly, you want to make sure you water these areas at least twice a month.

Aerate & Fertilize

As winter comes to an end and spring begins, it will be time to fertilize and aerate your yard. Compaction in the soil is going to occur over the winter months, and by properly aerating your yard, you will allow air and nutrients down into the soil to help strengthen the roots of your grass. Investing in a fertilization program right after aerating your yard lets the fertilizer sink down deep into the soil and provides nutrients that it may have been lacking throughout the winter months. Ideally, you will want to do this towards the latter parts of winter, in March or so.

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