Winter Lawn Care Tips
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With winter upon us, many people have a tendency to neglect their lawn and yard, assuming that there isn’t much that one can do until spring arrives. While this is not only untrue, neglecting your lawn and yard can be detrimental to your lawn’s overall health and well being. In this blog, we will look at a few things that you can do this winter to ensure that your lawn will look its absolute best come spring.
Take Any Leftover Seasonal Decor Indoors
If you’re the type that likes to decorate your yard throughout the year, chances are you have a wide variety of items that you put up throughout the year. With the harsh temperatures and dryness that comes with Midwestern winters, you want to make sure that these items are safely stored as opposed to scattered about outdoors. Harsh sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on your seasonal decor, as leaving them outside can cause more delicate items to crack and chip. Keeping them outdoors after a snowfall or two can cause them to fade or lose color. Even letting them sit in the sun can cause them to get sun bleached and lose their color. Making sure that your lawn and yard are free of any stray decor items will ensure that you’ll be able to continue using them for years to come.
If you’ve decorated your front yard with holiday lights, be sure to get those taken down once the holidays are over. Leaving them up long after the holidays are over can cause them to last far less time. Taking them down and putting them into storage bins in a dry space will ensure that they’ll be ready to use next year!
Clean Up Your Lawn
In addition to removing seasonal decor from your lawn and yard, you should also make sure that any landscaping tools, toys, or other items are free from your yard or lawn. For one, having items like these stay outside for multiple snowfalls will almost guarantee that they will rust and eventually be rendered completely useless. These items serve you well during the warmer months of the year, making sure that you take them indoors during this time will ensure that they will not only last longer, but that they’ll be ready to go come spring when you’re ready to start working on your yard again.
Additionally, having items like these populate your lawn and yard can also be harmful to your landscaping overall. When stray objects like shovels, rakes, and trowels are left on your lawn during colder temperatures or snowfalls, the overall pressure and weight of these items can cause significant dead spots on your lawn. Once the temperatures start to rise and the grass starts to grow in the spring, the grass in that area will be significantly less healthy and thinner than the rest of your lawn, causing a noticeably discrepancy in the consistency of your lawn’s overall aesthetic. It’s not too late, though! Before the truly cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls start to hit, go through your yard and make sure it’s free of any stray objects. Keep an eye out throughout the winter as well to make sure nothing has found its way into your yard
Fertilize Your Lawn
While this step is best done prior to the beginning of the cold season in late fall, it’s still not too late to give your lawn the gift of fertilizer. During the summer, your lawn loses a decent amount of nutrients from the soil, especially once the temperatures start to climb. Fertilizing your lawn during the winter will help replenish many of those lost nutrients, and as long as you get in before the temperatures become frigid, the fertilizer will stay in your soil and help keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter. Once spring arrives, your lawn will be in far better shape than had you not decided to fertilize. The result will simply be healthy and gorgeous green grass that was well-fed throughout winter.
Those are just a few ways for you to take care of your lawn and yard this winter. At Awad Landscapes & Design, we are committed to providing you with the absolute best in landscaping services, serving the greater Northbrook area. For more information about our professional landscaping services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!