We all know that snowfall in October is pretty much a guarantee around the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. As we prepare for these cold months, some may put their lawn on the back burner. That might not be the best idea if you are hoping to have the nice green grass you have enjoyed all summer. Here are some tips for caring for your lawn as winter approaches…
- Don’t rake up your leaves! Instead, mow over them creating a fine mulch that covers the grass which will continue to nourish your lawn.
- Keep the grass short and don’t water until spring. Short lawns help prevent diseases and pests from attacking your blades of grass.
- Fertilizing is only necessary during the winter for warm season grasses, and even then, it should only be done before the first frost.
There are some things that should NOT be done to your lawn during the winter. Here are some of them..
- Keep from compacting your grass with too much foot traffic or parked vehicles. These things will keep the roots of the grass from being able to spread deep into the ground especially if you don’t have very good soil.
- Don’t leave items such as toys or branches laying on the grass for long periods of time. It will leave dead spots in your lawn when spring returns.
- Don’t salt your lawn when trying to melt the snow on your driveway. The salt is harmful to the grass.
- Don’t leave whole leaves sitting on top of your grass. The best thing to do with leaves is to mow over them as mentioned above.
Winter may not be the prettiest time for your lawn, but you can use the time wisely. As you wait for the snow to melt and the cold weather to move out, plan next year’s lawn. Do you need to replace a thinned out section of your yard with a new flower bed? Is there some other work that needs to be done to your yard to make it more appealing or more enjoyable for you? Winter is a great time to jot down a spring “to-do” list for your yard.