How to Protect Your Lawn for Winter

Even though winter seems to be the season you spend the least amount of time thinking about your lawn and garden (unless you live where it's warm weather year-round), remembering to prep before the snow falls is one of the best things you can do to keep your lawn healthy and hardy for the tough conditions winter brings. This is when grass absorbs energy, moisture and nutrients to prep for an inactive winter. Give it some care now, and you'll be rewarded with a lush, strong spring lawn.

 

Here are a few tasks to complete this fall as you prep to protect your lawn for the cold season.
 
- Clean up your yard. Nothing is worse than leaving yard debris on the ground before the snow falls, which compacts soil and heavily thatched grass then suffocates soil and deters plant growth. To help cleanup go smoothly, use a leaf blower like the JET' Gas Leaf Blower to easily clear away anything in your path, leaving your lawn pristine and leaf-free.
 
- Mulch flower beds. The cold weather and heavy snowfall can damage plants if you don't protect them beforehand. Without protection, your plants can be covered and weighed down by layers of snow, breaking their branches. Add a layer of mulch to your flower beds in the fall to keep soil moist, strong and to serve as a shield between rooted plants and extreme temperatures. 
 
- One more dose of fertilizer. Before cooler temperatures become the norm in the weather forecast, fertilize your lawn. This will provide strength to survive the winter and help replace nutrients your lawn may have lost during the summer. Once the temperatures drop and snow arrives, the fertilizer will remain in the soil, feeding roots all season long. 
 
- Monitor foot traffic. To prevent additional compaction (since the snow will already be weighing down your grass), monitor foot traffic on your lawn during the winter months. Inactive grass will compact under heavily trafficked snow and make it difficult for plants to root and grow properly come spring.
 
- Make a compost pile. With all the cleanup required to protect your lawn for winter, you will have a good foundation to create a compost pile. Gather all waste from your yard and pile it up. Start your pile with green materials (leaves, clippings and leftover veggies), add a middle layer of brown material such as soil, brown leaves and coffee grounds, then add another green layer on top, lastly, top off with soil. Once your compost pile is complete, remember to turn your mound throughout the season to create nutrient-rich soil for spring.