Winter Watering: Why Do We Need It

There are a few things you should be doing during the winter to ensure your grass comes back in the spring lush and bright green. Winter lawn care is not as maintenance-free as we would like to believe. A little upkeep during the cold months will save you money and time on your lawn during the warm months. Keep these lawn care dos and don’ts in mind this winter.

Store Seed and Equipment Correctly

Most seeds and fertilizers can be stored in your shed during the winter. Ensure that grass seed is kept cool and dry, and open fertilizer bags should be securely sealed. All of these types of products must be kept away from direct heat.

Pull Weeds

Weeds tend to grow faster than grass when the temperature dips. Uncontrolled weed growth can kill grass, so pull them by hand as soon as you see them pop up.

Do Not Use Fertilizer

Fertilizer is most effective when the climate is temperate like between March and October. This is when your grass can absorb the most amount of nutrients.

Avoid Sodium-based Products on Grass

Substances with salt like ice and snow removers can be toxic to plants. Sand or calcium chloride are safer alternatives that will not harm grass. Consider switching from sodium-based products if it is likely to end up on your lawn and not just your driveway and walkway.

Do Not Walk on Frozen Grass

Stepping on frozen grass can cause it to break, leaving it vulnerable to diseases and pests. Avoid treading on any part of your garden with hibernating greenery. Lay soft mulch, pea gravel, or paver stones in areas where foot traffic cannot be avoided.

Wait to Mow Your Lawn

Do not cut your grass immediately following the first frost or when temperatures are still low. Freshly cut blades of grass are more susceptible to disease when it is cold outside. Running over grass when the soil is muddy, and the grass is wet still can cause root damage and unevenly cut the grass. Your grass’ growth rate will double if the temperature rises just a degree or two because of stimulated metabolic processes. Let it grow during a warm spell in winter as it will provide more protection for roots and lower grass areas.

Leave Two-Thirds Instead of One-Half

For your last mowing job of the year, leave a bit more length to your blades. The part of grass above ground is more vulnerable to the intensity of cold weather than its roots, so leaving more blade will give your lawn more protection from the elements.

Snow Mould

This fungus can develop under blankets of snow and cause your lawn to die when the snow melts. It looks pinkish-gray and has a circular shape with a diameter of about 12 inches. Applying fertilizer too far into fall can also stimulate snow mould growth. Remove fallen leaves before the snow falls to minimize the chances of mould.

To get your commercial or industrial lawn ready for the spring, call Spicer Landscaping. Our professionals also know how to remove snow while keeping your landscaping in mind. We can handle any size job and will ensure your building is accessible to customers at any time throughout the year.