Lawn grass stays dormant in most regions of the nation throughout the winter. To keep a green lawn in the south, cool-season ryegrass is often overseeded into the turf. Because it is too cold for grass to grow in the north, we must wait for spring, sometimes under snow cover, sometimes not. Lawn maintenance, on the other hand, does not stop in the winter. Try these tips to maintain your lawn in good shape.
Use a spreader to apply fertilizer. When you “shoot,” the machine emits pellets as you move it back and forth over the grass, gripping the handle like a trigger. Follow the fertilizer package’s directions. Only use the prescribed quantity. Be cautious since too much fertilizer might cause your lawn to burn.
Aerate the Lawn
Aerating your lawn can provide more air for the grass. Make holes for sowing seeds by removing spikes of dirt from your grass with a spade. If you have a big lawn, you may wish to hire a motorized or manual aerator.
Spread Cool-Weather Grass Seed
Purchase grass seed labeled “cool season” or “cool weather,” such as most fescues. You may apply the seed with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer. Spread the seed evenly to avoid clumps of grass later on.
Rake and Water the Lawn
Rake the grass to break up dirt clumps and cover the seeds a little. Spray the grass with the garden hose. After that, maintain the soil wet and avoid allowing it to dry out.
Clean it up
It is critical not to leave garbage, leaves, or toys on the grass. These items may choke the grass, cause illness, and attract insects, mice, and other pests.
Lower the height of your mower
Reduce the height of your mower by a notch or two the last few times you mow. Excessively tall grass may suffocate itself, spread illness, and be damaged by freezing and thawing temperatures. However, do not trim the grass so short that it scalps, exposing the plant’s top to harsh circumstances.
Be aware of traffic
Dormant grass can withstand moderate activity under snow cover or when exposed to the weather, but a deeply worn path will be slower to green up in the spring and create compaction.
Monitor weather conditions
Turf is quite durable and can withstand harsh winters, but some situations might be detrimental in the long run. If you know a winter storm or deep freeze is on the horizon, it may be prudent to chisel away a small amount of exposed ice in a low place.
Winters are often unpredictable, and your lawn may experience some harsh conditions during the season. The best thing to do is ensure that the grass has hardened off; after you’ve properly “put the lawn to bed,” you can concentrate on keeping your walkways free and making snowmen. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast.