Holiday season is in full swing and with all the celebrations and activities it’s easy to forget about necessary maintenance for your lawn, unless you’re one of those people who have huge inflatable holiday decorations in your yard. Then, kudos to you.
You should think of winter lawn care as preparation for the spring and summer. Nurturing your lawn during cold winter months will help keep it healthy and looking lush when the weather warms back up.
Grass goes dormant for winter except in warmer regions, so knowing the climate and conditions will help make sure you’re taking the best care of your yard. The end of fall and the beginning of winter are prime months to fertilize your grass.
While fertilization might sound like a waste of time, consider the fact that once snow hits your grass and freezes it, the fertilizer will be locked in; slowly feeding the soil and roots underneath all winter long. The roots store the nutrients until Spring when the lawn can fully absorb them, giving you a headstart to lush green color.
Lawn fungus control
Movies have a way of making snowfall look so magical, even when it starts melting. However, snow can become super problematic for your yard that you’ve worked so hard to maintain.
The combination of moisture and weight from the snow with long grass, leaves, and yard debris can create a yucky lawn fungus called snow mold. There are other lawn fungus types but snow mold is most prominent in the winter.
Snow mold can develop even if snow is not present. If its cold, rainy, or even overcast, moisture will be present and can activate the disease in the lawn.
Lawn fungus treatment can be tedious, which is why prevention during winter is the best thing you can do for lawn fungus control. In the early signs of snow mold, you can gently rake the affected area to loosen matted grass allowing new grass to grow.
Extra long grass should be cut down to 1 – 1.5 inches shorter than usual, leaves should be mulched onto the lawn, and debris should be removed so they don’t leave any dead spots due to excess weight on the grass.
Lawn fungus treatment
If your efforts of prevention didn’t work and you find your lawn infected with lawn fungus, you probably want us to get to the point of how to treat lawn fungus!
Lawn fungus treatment can be easy if the infection is not too severe. First, you’ll want to keep the amount of snow on the lawn to a minimum. Keep the piles of snow small, especially if there is any shade that covers your lawn.
More snow = more moisture = more fungus
Raking on a larger scale will also help loosen up the matted grass, but be careful not to damage any existing grass by being too rough or using a power rake.
In the case that the fungus can’t be removed with raking, or it takes over the entire lawn, you may need to schedule a core aeration or begin a fertilizer once Spring comes around.
In the case of a lawn covered with snow mold, we recommend an aeration service.
What is lawn aeration? Aeration is the process that involves puncturing the soil with small holes in order to let air, water and nutrients to absorb in the grass roots. Aerating allows for roots grow strongly and deeply in order to produce a healthy lawn.
It is important for you to aerate your lawn in order to alleviate soil compaction, which prevents proper air, water, and nutrient circulation in the soil. Soil compaction occurs when there are too many solid particles within a space.
Soil that is compacted regularly should be aerated on a regular basis because compacted soil can squish the roots, inhibiting their ability to function. Too much lawn thatch or debris under the lawn can also prevent the roots from absorbing the necessary nutrients.
Contact a local lawn pro at Lawn Love to get an instant quote for lawn aeration services.
Additional winter tips
Winterize your mower! Double check that your mower blades are sharp to help keep the grass evenly cut and looking sharp, pun intended.
Store lawn furniture on other parts of the yard and try to keep walking on the lawn to a minimum. The grass becomes fragile when it’s cold or frozen. Providing a clear path on sidewalks and driveways will help avoid foot traffic on the lawn.
Make plans for the year ahead. Let Lawn Love put together a customizable and comprehensive solution for your Spring or Summer landscape. We offer tons of services including mowing, gardening, seeding, weed control, leaf removal, and gutter cleaning. Head over to lawnlove.com to get an instant quote.
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