Why It Matters
Winter brings sub-freezing temperatures and deep snow. So what does this mean for your lawn? Sure, it’s tempting to let fallen leaves and unmowed grass lie fallow under long-term, extra-deep snow, but is that the best choice? Or are you simply setting yourself up for heavy labor come Spring?
Before the Snow Comes (Lawn Care)
Number one piece of advice here: don’t stop mowing until you have to. Letting grass grow too long can expose it to more cold when the real chill comes, causing dead spots in the spring. The recommended length for grass before winter is 2.5 to 3 inches. Any longer, and rodents may see your lawn as a place to dig under to avoid the cold. You also want to keep watering your lawn until the snow comes–new roots forming under the dried out-looking grass need that water, and slightly melting snow isn’t going to be enough. Finally, it can only help you to fertilize your lawn while there’s still time, and it will help you out enormously come spring.
Before the Snow Comes (General Yard Care)
While you still have time, clear away any toys or debris left in the grass. You don’t want to find, come spring, that there are tricycle wheel-shaped dead spots in your grass. Also, if you have trees or other plants that shed leaves onto your lawn, rake them away! This means that precious sunlight can reach through the snow to your grass.
When to Call in the Pros
Yard care may just not be your thing. Maybe you like looking at it, or maybe your HOA requires a certain level of upkeep, but regardless of the reason, if you don’t feel up to the task of handling your yard yourself, call someone who knows what they’re doing and get some help. In fact, you can call Summit Lawn and Pest control today. Contact us for the help you need and the yard you want.