It may not seem a priority when the weather turns wet and windy, the temperatures drop, and you just want to curl up inside with a fire and good book, but taking the time to care for your lawn throughout winter can have huge advantages come the summer months, including reducing your workload.
The amount of preparation required will depend on your location. For example, those seeking advice on lawn care in the state of Georgia will not need to be nearly so thorough as those facing winter in Minnesota! No matter your location, however, there are steps everyone can take to help prepare your garden for winter, and allow you to maximize the space when the mercury begins to rise.
Build up your compost pile
As fall arrives, so does the perfect opportunity for you to start building up a compost pile in preparation for spring. The brown leaves which plague your driveway are just what your compost pile is craving, and can add insulation and protection, keeping it in the best possible condition and ready to use.
Stay away from the snow
Depending on your age and lifestyle, snow is either a considerable inconvenience or a chance for a day of sledding. No matter your feelings towards the cold white blanket, it can be useful for your lawn. If it snows on your grass, leave it. It is acting as a form of insulation from the bitter winter air. Removing and plowing the snow can result in a patchy lawn when the weather clears, and it may continue to grow unevenly after exposure to the icy elements.
Time your mowing
They say that a good mowing routine can make or break a lawn. The temptation can be to mow too often to get that ‘just-cut’ look, but this can be detrimental to the health of the grass. When fall arrives, you need to mow every 10 to 14 days, until all of the leaves have fallen from the trees.
This act ensures that the lawn is not smothered by leaves, and leaves it with enough growth to survive winter. On average, the length should be 0.75 inches for cold climates, and 1.5 for warmer. This length allows the grass to protect itself during the winter months and can help to reduce the chances of unwanted fungal growth.
Mosquitoes may seem a summer problem, but they are created in the colder weather. They breed at around 50 degrees, and so are preparing their swarm when the weather is colder. Make sure you do not leave stagnant water lying around anywhere on your property.
Mosquitoes can take advantage of anything from bottle caps to upturned flower pots. Bird baths should have their water changed daily, and rainwater barrels must be emptied regularly. While it may take time, this is one task you will be eternally grateful for in the summer when you can enjoy your garden in peace without risk of unwanted visitors and painful bites!