It is no secret that the cold winter season can have harsh effects on your yard, especially if you did not prepare properly. During the winter your lawn is no longer flourishing as it is during the summer season. To ensure your yard is healthy and ready to grow back in the spring, it requires some maintenance all year round. By maintaining healthy lawn practices during the winter, you can keep your lawn lush and green, ready for a beautiful spring.

Here are five great ways to keep your yard thriving in the winter season.

1. Applying fertilizers in the fall

Applying fall formulated fertilizer to your lawn not only keeps it healthy through winter, it also readies it for spring. The fertilizers seep into the roots and strengthen your lawn and plants for the winter. By applying the proper fertilizers in the fall you can get a blooming landscape in the spring!

2. Mowing your lawn for winter

Your lawn mowing habits need to be adjusted as you get closer to winter. Ideally you should cut your lawn between 2.5 to 3 inches prior to the cold of winter. The longer blades ensure your lawn doesn’t go hungry over the winter and avoids your lawn having to recover from the shock of winter months in the spring. Mowing your lawn is important in the fall, so don’t just leave your lawn to grow out prior to winter, as this can lead to fungus and mold growth.

3. Aerate your lawn

Aerating your lawn just before the first expected frost date offers your lawn the opportunity to breathe just before going dormant for the winter, as well as alleviate any compaction that happened over the summer. It is also a good idea to overseed your lawn a few days after aerating it. The seeds will get in below the dirt and allow for stronger growth.

4. Stay off your grass as much as possible

Constantly walking on your grass in the winter can destroy it. Especially when your grass is frozen. Your grass provides a bulk of that healthy yard look. So, avoid car or human movements on your lawn as much as possible. To do this, employ the use of your walkway frequently.

5. Clean your yard and remove 

To maintain a healthy yard during the winter, ensure to rake out or pick up any debris, including leaves from your yard, and dispose properly. Your lawn is passive during the winter season and unlike spring, it lessens the power of rejuvenation. Leaving debris discourages a free flow of vigor and makes your lawn bleak. It also prevents sunlight from extending to your plants.

Preparing your yard for the cold Ontario winter months, will help ensure a lush, green lawn come spring time. If you are not comfortable preparing your yard on your own or if you do not have the time, contact your local landscaping company to complete the task for you. Professional landscapers understand your yard’s needs and know how winter affects the local landscape. They can also come back in the spring and ensure that your lawn and yard are ready for the prime growing season.

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