Protecting Your Lawn in the Winter
Making Sure Your Champaign, IL Lawn Survives the Winter Blues
The winter season can undoubtedly be a tough time for your lawn. Winter often brings about poor growing conditions, dormancy and snow fall, all of which can result in a lackluster lawn next spring. So, what can you do to protect your lawn from harsh winter conditions? Here are a few pro tips from Weed Man Champaign, IL.
Fertilize Your Lawn in the Fall
Before winter weather hits, make sure that your lawn is well-equipped to survive the harsh conditions. Your lawn needs food! Apply an application of fall fertilizer to ensure your lawn is getting all of the essential nutrients it needs to remain healthy.
Reduce Foot Traffic on Your Lawn
Walking on your lawn when it is cold, icy or covered in snow can be damaging since the grass underneath is already weakened by external conditions. If possible, try to direct foot traffic onto a path or walkway to avoid causing extra damage to your turf over the winter months.
Have Good Drainage
While ice, snow and increased precipitation can damage your lawn in many ways over the winter, it is important to ensure that your lawn has proper drainage for when it melts. Poor drainage can cause water to pool on your lawn, which can wash away topsoil, suffocate your turf and make it more susceptible to fungal disease and insect infestation.
Reduce Damage Caused by Snow and Ice Removal
If you live in a part of the country that experiences snow and ice during the winter, your lawn has the potential to be damaged by rock salt, snow plows or shovels. Rock salt (used to melt ice) can burn and dry out areas of your lawn. Try using alternatives, such as sand, coffee grinds and kitty litter to melt ice. Also, Weed Man recommends marking the edges of your driveway to ensure that snow plows and shovels do not unknowingly damage the perimeter of your turf.
Stop Mowing Before the First Frost
Ideally you should stop mowing your lawn a week or two before the first frost. Mowing after this can expose your lawn to the harsh elements, leaving it in a weakened state heading into the winter.
Remove Lawn Debris
Letting lawn furniture, toys, branches, leaves and other debris sit on your lawn over the winter will leave you with dead patches of grass next spring. Do a proper yard clean-up before heading into the winter season.
While your lawn might not require a ton of attention in the winter, there are some necessary steps you should take to ensure you reduce any potential damage. Put these tips into to practice to make sure your lawn comes back stronger and healthier next spring!
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