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Cold weather is here and winter is right around the corner. This is the perfect time to winterize your lawn with these 5 winter lawn care tips from my experience with 20+homes and TruGreen.
When you move every couple of years with the military, there are lots of challenges to learning how to live in a new location. One of the bigger challenges for me is to learn how to care for the yard. I grew up in a tropical climate. I didn’t learn cold weather lawn care growing up and I don’t have the instinct for it either. We’ve lived in the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, the Northwest, a desert, and on 2 other continents. The responsibility for learning the quirks of lawn care in each of these different areas has usually fallen to me since my husband works long hours and is often deployed.
In the home below, I even planted and nurtured everyone of those blades of grass. Let’s take a moment and appreciate that feat since I didn’t know anything about planting grass seed. Fortunately, every day my children played in the backyard made it all worth while
Then came the first winter. Since we had a small hill in the backyard, it was great for playing in the snow. But I learned that I should have done more to prepare my precious lawn for winter. The next year, I made sure to winterize my lawn so that it would survive winter and be even stronger and healthier in the spring.
Just about the time I was figuring out how to care for my Northern yard, we moved to the South and I had a to learn how to care for my Southern lawn. It took one year for me to realize that I needed some help so we turned to TruGreen to help us rescue our Southern lawn. They did a wonderful job of bringing it back to life so that again my children could enjoy the yard all year long.
I’ve learned a few tips that help us winterize our current new yard in a colder climate.
Be sure to apply a Fall fertilizer appropriate for your type of grass and region. This strengthens your lawn to help it get through the winter and be ready for spring growth.
Continue to water the lawn well through the Fall. This also helps keep the lawn healthy through the cold winter months.
Continue to mow the grass until the first freeze. This helps keep it healthier by making it less susceptible to snow mold.
Remove leaves from the lawn. Leaves left on the lawn can smother the grass or get matted and cause insect infestation in the spring.
Remove thatch (mat of debris) from the lawn. Thatch can smother the grass so that it’s not as healthy in the spring.
Did you know that you can sign up for TruGreen lawn care service now so that TruGreen will be out to care for your lawn at the optimal time in the spring. That’s one less thing to think about when it come to caring for your lawn. Follow TruGeen on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
What winter lawn care tips do you have that helps you keep your lawn healthy and looking good?