Professional landscaping experts get the frequently asked winter lawn care questions over and over again. “How often should I water my lawn in winter?” Or other varieties like:
- How can I keep my lawn healthy during the cold months, so it looks great in spring and summer?
- What are the best tools to prep my lawn before the first snowfall comes?
- I have this type of grass, how do I care for it during winter?
So, since those are just a few of the commonly asked questions about winter lawn care, we decided we should put together an easy to follow guide to help our customers who are faced with these conundrums every year when the seasons change. We hope these tips address your questions and sets your lawn up for success all year long!
The Secret To Great Winter Lawn Care
1. Like most things in life, preparation is key. It comes like clockwork every year. Sometime after Halloween, we start to feel a chill in the air. By Christmas, we are in the full throes of the winter season – like it or not. By planning out your winter lawn care before winter is in full force, you’re much more likely to keep your lawn healthy throughout the year.
Here’s what should be on your calendar for your lawn’s best care:
- Fertilize – Apply fertilizer to your grass and landscaping plants in late fall before the harshness of winter kicks off. Your lawn care professional can help you determine the right timing and which products are best for your home.
- Clean – Your winter lawn care regiment should include clearing the way for the sun. Clean the leaves and debris throughout the cold season to allow for sunlight and avoid mold which can lead to disease.
- Mow – Just before the first freeze occurs, mow your lawn shorter than you normally would by lowering the height of your mower. Take care not to cut it too short as that will also cause damage.
2. Know what to do when bad weather is on its way. Winter weather can pop up without warning, but usually, we do have some notice when a snowstorm is headed our direction. If you know a winter storm or deep freeze is approaching, be sure to take a few precautionary steps.
- Watch for snow mold. To prevent snow mold, make sure to de-thatch or aerate your lawn regularly, which will increase air circulation and prevent snow mold.
- Avoid voles. Voles occur when small rodents leave tunnels in the snow and lawn debris and eat your plant roots. Vole trails can be prevented by removing lawn debris continuously throughout the winter months.
3. Understand your lawn’s watering needs. The answer to how often to water your winter lawn will likely come down to the region of the country you live in and what type of grass you have growing in your lawn. For example, a homeowner with Bermuda grass can hold off for several months without watering.
It may not look pretty, but it will survive. On the other hand, Tall Fescue, a cool-season grass, can survive for about 30 days with only one inch of water. In general terms, a healthy lawn will need about one inch of water per week, with less water needed during the winter than the summer.