December 14, 2020

How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

snow shoveled sidewalk

Just like the hot summer sun can wreak havoc on your lawn, the harsh winter winds and snow can also do damage. If you have not completed your winter yard preparations yet, now is the time to do so. Here are some of our best tips to get your lawn ready for the cold winter months ahead.

Aeration and Overseeding

While fall is the ideal time to complete aeration and overseeding, you can still reap the benefits if you wait until December. Aerating will take plugs of soil out of the compact ground to ensure that the grassroots can get enough water, sunlight and nutrients. Overseeding adds more grass seed to your yard, and it will fall directly into the plugs where soil was removed. This helps to guarantee that your lawn is lush and strong next year.

Clean Up Leaves

Are there still leaves in your yard? Take care of them now so that they don’t lead to patches on your lawn come spring. Wet leaves can also invite fungus and disease onto your lawn, which can develop into serious problems. Once you rake up all of the leaves and they are all off of the trees, trim your grass down to 1.5 inches before it goes dormant for the winter.

Be Smart with Ice

Keeping your driveways and sidewalks clear is essential when it’s icy and snowy, but choosing the wrong ice melt can do damage to your concrete and your landscaping. Make sure that you choose an ice melt that is environmentally-friendly and safe for use with your grass. Keep it off of the grass and only use as much as you need to get the job done.

Winter Snow Removal and Maintenance from JFC Grounds Maintenance

Ready to take better care of your lawn or commercial landscape? Are you interested in adding native plants to your property? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887.