How to Protect Your Grass in Winter

winter lawn frosted with snow

As jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin spices get replaced with cornucopias and sleigh bells, your lawn will soon finish growing for the year. Cool-season grasses frost in winter, and warm-season grasses go dormant. Since your lawn will not be very active over the next few months, it will not require quite as much maintenance. Despite this, there are several things you should do to protect grass in winter and get your lawn ready for spring. Here’s some winter lawn care advice to keep in mind:

Spot-treat Lawn Weeds and Diseases

Before your lawn frosts or goes dormant in winter, it’s a good idea to have herbicides applied to any weedy areas. Weed issues will only get worse if they are ignored, so it’s best to take care of them early.

When caring for cool-season grasses in winter, you might experience snow mold. This is a lawn fungus that thrives in wet and cold conditions, which can kill your grass. This can be prevented by having fertilizer applied before the first frost.

A low-nitrogen fertilizer is used when caring for warm-season grasses, to protect against a variety of weeds and keep your grass healthy.

Don’t Stress the Grass

Areas of the country that get snow in winter will experience significant lawn stress. Heavy blankets of snow will put pressure on the grass, which can cause your lawn to brown out. Avoid walking on the lawn to limit this damage, since foot traffic can severely worsen this problem. Try taking your kids to a park to play in the snow instead of on your own yard.

Clear Your Yard of Objects and Debris

Remove any lawn objects before winter starts. Grass that is trapped underneath outdoor furniture, toys, and decorations will likely die due to a lack of sunlight, so remove as many items as possible.

Also, rake thoroughly before caring for cool-season grasses in winter. Get the yard clear before the first frost to make leaf removal easier. You might accidentally rip up turf when raking over frozen grass.

Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Winterizing refers to the process of fixing up and properly storing your lawn mower at the end of the mowing season. These tasks include:

  • Sharpening mower blades
  • Changing the oil
  • Tightening loose parts
  • Inspecting for leaks and other problems
  • Draining any remaining fuel
  • Checking the manual for additional maintenance

Your local Lawn Doctor may offer Lawn Mower Maintenance to ensure your mower is properly winterized, so give us a call for expert inspection and repair.

Spring into Action

Both warm and cool-season grasses will start growing again in spring. Take notice of when your lawn begins to grow so you can begin to mow and water again. Just as you should in winter, stay on the lookout for weeds and diseases. Contact Lawn Doctor, and we’ll come over to inspect your lawn for these ailments once it’s ready to grow again. It’s a great idea to start caring for your grass early, so it’ll be ready to thrive along with the blooming flowers and budding trees.

3 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Grass in Winter

    1. Patrick,

      Yes, snow blowing your lawn all winter will damage it! The plant tissue is very sensitive during the winter months. Limit the amount of traffic and mechanical damage by staying off the lawn when it is snow covered. This will prevent turf loss and allow your lawn to flourish in the spring.

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