Lawn Care Before Winter

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lawn careBefore winter, we all enjoy our summertime on the lawn. But it’s important for you to keep it in good condition in the winter season. For that, you need to start taking care of your lawn before the winter season. You have to do some basic things that are necessary to keep your garden healthy.

In this article, you will get the full guide on how to take care of your lawn before winter. If you can follow these steps, then hopefully you will be able to take care of your garden even in the winter. So, now get ready to prepare your garden for this winter season.

Clear Trash

You need to make sure that you are clearing all the trash out of your lawn from time to time. Keeping trash and debris on your lawn can hurt the grass. Otherwise, you will see dead patches everywhere in your garden.

Dead patches can make your backyard look bad, so it is better to clean your yard regularly. With the right tools and a good attitude, cleaning your garden can be a family event.

You can make a place where you will be keeping a trash can. Sometimes dry leaves also work as a fertilizer. So try to clean your garden in a timely manner, so the buildup doesn’t build up!

Mowing

This one is an important step for every gardener. Not every gardener knows when he should mow his garden. And then it creates a huge mess! Sometimes your grass gets too tall to remain healthy if you’ve neglected this chore. 

It is better to mow your garden in every 10 to 14 days. It gives your grasses a healthy condition. You can use a battery powered dethatcher. It will make your work easier than you think. You will be able to give your grasses a proper length, not too small or not too big.

0.75 inches of grass is perfect for the winter season. It takes time to grow. And meanwhile, you will be able to keep your garden healthy.

Fertilizer

You have to make sure that you don’t forget about fertilizer. It is also one of the most significant steps that can keep your lawn healthy. You need to use natural compost to make sure your yard is perfect.

You can also use a store-bought fertilizer. But make sure it is 100% organic. It is better not to use chemical-based products for your garden.

Reduce Watering

Don’t think just because winter is a dry season, that means you need to water your garden frequently. In the cooler season, it is better not to  water your garden too much. You can just water your garden once a while and it will do the rest of the work for a few days.

Prepare Your Compost

You should make your compost by using organic waste material, such as old food scraps and lawn clippings. It will make natural compost that is great for your lawn. It will increase the fertility power of your garden.

Prevent Bugs

By cleaning your garden, you can stop mosquitoes. But if you do get bitten, then you can use homemade dog dental wipes. It will help you to get rid of the pain. You can also use these wipes to prevent bugs from coming to you in the first place.

Be Careful in the winter

If you think snow can damage your lawn, then you are wrong, because snow can actually protect your backyard. It protects your lawn from the crisp and bitter winter air. Don’t plow the snow. Otherwise, it can reduce the growth of grasses by making it patchy.

These are the steps that you need to follow before and after winter comes. These tips will make your lawn healthier.

Keeping Your Yard Healthy Through Fall and Winter

Aerating

AeratingWhile spring and summer are the seasons of active growth for most Texas plants, fall and winter are a great time to do a bit of maintenance work to keep everything healthy.

So what are the most important lawn care chores to attend to during the cooler months?

Mowing and Watering

Neither of these tasks should be stopped abruptly as winter sets in. This is especially true here in North Texas, when our mild winters can still reach seasonal highs of the upper 50’s. Your grass growth will certainly slow down, but it may not go completely dormant for the entire winter.

Slowly reduce the amount of irrigation you provide, as the growth of the blades begins to slow down. If it stops growing altogether and goes a bit yellow, you know it is no longer needing regular watering.

Your mower blades should be adjusted over the span of 2-4 mowing sessions, again as the grass growth slows. Dropping suddenly from 2.5 to 1.5 inches can be a bit shocking to your turf. Furthermore, leaving your winter grass at a length of 1.5 to 2 inches in height provides a bit of insulation against the cold air.

If your region experiences an extended warm spell, your grass bed might perk up a bit and hit a growth spurt. Again, if you decide to break out the lawn mower, just be sure not to cut it too low, or when the ground is wet.

For yards with steep slopes that are tricky to navigate, it’s important to use the right equipment. Check out Best Lawn Mowers For Steep Banks for some great suggestions.

Fertilizing

Applying fertilizer in the final months of autumn can help enrich both your soil and your root system. However, fertilizing too late in the season can be a waste of resources.

If your grass bed is already showing signs of dormancy, the roots are far less likely to soak up the nutrients you provide. This creates a hazardous soil environment, in which microbes and winter weeds may feast on the minerals instead.

Fertilizing in late winter follows the same line of reasoning: don’t waste it! Even in our temperate Texas winters, there is still a risk of one last February freeze. Applying nutrients to your yard for a spring boost is a great idea, so long as  you do your best to fertilize after the season’s final frost.

Cleaning and Pruning

There is nothing more damaging to your lawn than a buildup of rotting organic matter, left to decay and suffocate your grass. In both fall and winter, it’s imperative that leaves, twigs, and fallen branches be cleaned up diligently. This is also a great time to rid your trees and shrubs of limbs that are no longer thriving.

In late fall, when the leaves are dropping and you are still mowing the grass, you can simply mulch the leaves with the mower rather than raking them. If more foliage is shed once your lawn has gone dormant, you can rake them into a pile and mow them for mulching material in your garden and flowerbed.

However, freezing temperatures and frequent precipitation are not a good environment for mulch. Algae, mold, and other microbes can thrive in the debris more quickly than the matter breaks down for reabsorption. For this reason, you need to avoid excessive mulching, as well as other buildup, in and around your shrubs and smaller plants.

Once most of your trees have dropped their foliage, you will have a clear view of stems and branches that need to be pruned. Be sure you trim closely to the trunk and/or major limbs, and dispose of the cut branches properly. The cooler weather creates an optimal healing environment, as harmful bugs and diseases are far less likely to feast on the exposed plant tissue.