The word "green" may not enter your thoughts much when looking at your lawn during the winter, but there are some things you can do while your lawn is brown to help ensure it looks its greenest once spring rolls around. Here are five cold-weather landscaping tips that will help you have a green lawn once spring rolls back around.
Spreading fertilizer on your lawn before winter starts will help to give it a jump start once things thaw out in the spring. If you live in a climate with cold winter temperatures where the grass goes dormant, you should do your last fertilizer treatment in late fall and again in early spring. If you live in a warmer climate where grass keeps growing throughout the winter months, you can fertilize your lawn every six to eight weeks.
If you want the best lawn possible come spring, you have to give it plenty of room to get air and moisture. That's why you need to clear leaves and other debris before snow builds up on it. Grass that is covered up by leaves over the winter can die or can wind up with fungal growth on it. To ensure this doesn't happen, clear leaves, branches and other debris often during the fall and winter if necessary.
Aerating your lawn by poking holes in it with an aerating tool will help your lawn weather the winter better in a couple of different ways. The holes help your lawn to "breathe" by preventing soil compaction and they also allow moisture and nutrients to penetrate deep down to the roots, which helps your lawn bounce back faster in the spring.
Overseeding is a technique where you spread grass seed all around your yard in late fall or early winter. These seeds will get worked down into the soil and then sprout once spring rolls around. That will help to fill in any bare spots and also make your lawn more lush, as the new healthy grass will crowd out weaker and older grass.
Take care of your lawn accessories
A lawn is only as good as the tools used to take care of it, and you can help your lawn in the winter by taking care of those tools. Empty all lawn equipment of gas and oil and be sure to drain and shut off your sprinkler system.
Winter is not a time to turn away from your lawn. Following these and other cold-weather landscaping tips will help you pave the way for a green and healthy lawn come spring.