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Winter Lawn Care Prep and Maintenance Tips

With a crispness in the air, leaves spilling a canvas of gorgeous color across your yard and temperatures dropping to a cool and comfortable level, you breath a sigh of relief. You can finally stow away your lawn mower, weed whacker and the rest of your landscaping equipment.

But wait — spend just a little more time preparing your lawn for the winter months and it’ll be primed for greatness when next spring comes.

Read on for seven great tips for preparing your lawn for winter.

7 Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Give you lawn just a little more care while the weather gives you the chance. Pull your lawnmower back out of your garage and consider following these tips and treatments before the frost hits.

1. Mow a little more

Cutting your lawn, a little shorter each time you mow as fall approaches can prepare your grass to better handle the stiff cold, snow and ice it’ll endure during the winter months. If your grass is too tall, you’ll be leaving a haven to animals looking for a warm place to burrow — mice are particularly fond of tall grass and can ruin your lawn by yanking out grass to build nests. On you last mow, make sure your grass is as short as it can get.

2. Grab a rake

A buildup of leaves can prevent healthy grass growth. As they start to fall a little faster, and the piles are too big to mow over, it’s time to grab a rake and clear the lawn. A pile of untouched wet leaves can mold and kill the lawn underneath it — and for an unpleasant removal.

3. Clear your lawn

It’s not just leaves you’ll want to clear — protect your lawn furniture or anything else in your yard from the elements by storing them away until the spring. Your yard will be better off without the added weight, and you won’t have obvious dead spots when the ground eventually thaws.

4. Aerate your lawn

It’s not just for golf greens! Pushing small holes into your lawn’s soil opens it up for all the nutrients necessary to maintain itself during the winter. Visit your local hardware store and get the lowdown on the different types of aerators they offer. Your lawn will thank you for it.

5. Feed and fertilize

After soaking up nutrients from the soil all summer, there’s not much left for your lawn to live on. After aerating your lawn, fertilizing your lawn will give it plenty of the nutrients it needs to survive the frigid months.

6. Make the most of mulch

Spreading mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs will help protect them from colder temperatures and harsher weather. You’ll improve the look of your trees, too, as the old mulch and/or soil will be a bit worn from the hot and drier months of summer.

7. Tidy up your tools

Finally, stow away any tools you’ve left outside over the summer. Before packing them away, be sure to remove any dirt and grime to prevent rust and keep them working like new. They’ll be ready for the spring, and you’ll avoid a trip to the hardware store — and a dent in your wallet.

How to Maintain and Treat Your Lawn During the Winter

While you won’t be mowing or pulling weeds while the snow falls, there are still quite a few things you can do to maintain your lawn over the winter. Combine these tips with the work you did in the fall and when the weather warms back up, you’ll be in the running for the best lawn in the neighborhood.

Stay off your lawn as much as possible

While it’s probably not possible to keep off your lawn all winter long with your kids building snowmen, snowball fights and other wintertime activity, try your best not to walk on bare, frozen grass. You’ll damage the grass, and if you take the same path all winter, you’ll have some obvious dead spots on your lawn that’ll be difficult to bring back to life.

Be careful with sidewalk salt

De-icing your sidewalks and driveways is a must to keep your family upright and safe, but any loose salt that accumulates in your yard can have a gnarly chemical effect on the grass. So, keep in mind the tendency of salt to spread when you’re laying it down near your lawn.

Be patient

Winter is a low-maintenance season when it comes to lawn care — staying vigilant and careful will yield much better results than constantly tending to your hibernating lawn.

Winter Lawn Maintenance Complete! What’s Next?

Now that you’ve prepared your yard for the winter — it’s time to make sure your home and vehicles are protected from the unexpected, too. Connect with an American Family Insurance agent for help with crafting policies tailored to your needs.


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