With the last week of autumn comes the last cut of the year. Most people would forget about the yard until spring. But to have the best yard in the summer months, you must take care of your lawn during winter.
To have a healthy green lush yard during the summer follow these simple winter lawn care tips:
• If you have used a cool season grass seed, this is the time to add a nitrogen-rich fertilizer or soil amendment.
• This is a great time to have a soil test. It will give you added information for the months to come.
• Our area gets a lot of rain due to being in the Chesapeake Water Shed so we must do added maintenance to watch for soil erosion or excessive pooling in our yards. If you notice this you will need to install a drainage ditch.
Fighting the Cold with Winter Lawn Care
Our area of Virginia gets pretty cold during the winter months, and we have been known to have our fair share of snow and ice storms, which means we have our own unique lawn maintenance needs.
The key to combating the winter months is to ensure that your grass is no more than two inches long. This is to prevent mice and voles who can damage the yard. Although their damage is not noticeable until the spring – their damage means re-seeding their tracks.
To have a perfect yard before the snow starts to fall follow these winter lawn care tips:
• If you did some overseeding – spreading of grass seed overtop of existing grass – you should put down a potassium-rich fertilizer that will strengthen your lawn for the long winter ahead.
• Put a layer of compost tea – a liquid made from aged manure in a burlap sack and steeped in water (like a tea bag!) – to increase the number of microbes in the soil composition.
• Depending on the weather – if it has been very dry do a heavy watering. This will ensure that there is plenty of moisture in the soil.
• Don’t sue your frozen lawn for added parking. This damages even unfrozen grass.
• Select an area where excess snow can be piled.
• If you are lucky and have someone use a snowplow, see if they can raise the blade 1-2 inches. This will prevent any damage to the blades of grass that aren’t completely frozen
• Never ever use sodium based ice melt near plants or your lawn. They may be cheaper but are extremely toxic. Use a calcium chloride or sand based ice melt.
These few tips will help ensure that come summer your lawn will be at its best!