With just a few months left until winter, many homeowners are scrambling to prepare their lawns for the upcoming cold weather. It’s no secret that winter stresses grass, often causing it to turn brown and/or die.
While there’s no way to control mother nature, there are ways to keep your lawn green during the winter.
Contrary to what some people may believe, fertilizer isn’t used strictly in the spring and summer. It can also be used during the winter.
In fact, fertilizing your lawn early in the winter season can bolster its health, preventing it from turning brown and dying.
The general belief is that winter fertilizing strengthens the root system, allowing it to withstand the otherwise harsh temperatures and weather of this time of year.
2-3” Grass Height
Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that the shorter you cut your grass, the longer it will take to regrow. However, it’s best to cut your lawn a little taller during the winter to encourage a lush green color.
Depending on the particular species/variety, mowing your lawn to 2 to 3” should suffice. And once spring begins to approach next year, you can lower your lawn mower blade.
Of course, you should also get into the habit of removing leaves, tree limbs and other debris from your lawn. When debris accumulates on a lawn, it restricts the grass underneath from accessing much-needed oxygen, water and sunlight; thus, the grass is more likely to die.
These are just a few tips to keep your lawn green during the winter. Above all else, make sure your lawn is getting plenty of moisture.
Grass tends to die during the winter as a result of dehydration – an all-too-common problem during the winter. As long as there are no water bans in your area, you can protect your lawn from this phenomenon by setting up a sprinkler.
With that said, however, you should use caution not to overwater your lawn, as this may backfire by “waterlogging” your grass.
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