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How to Take Care of Your Lawn This Winter

Many of us associate lawns with spring and summer: green expanses ready for Frisbee games and tanning. Maintaining your lawn the rest of the year will keep it healthy for those warmer days of fun. The winter is a particularly critical time because plants are delicate during cold snaps.

Morning dew froze on a green grass lawn and turned it into a white blanket

Aeration

Your lawn needs to breathe. Regular aeration helps it to do so. It’s easy to think that you can achieve aeration by just sticking random holes in your lawn. That approach might be sufficient for average thatch cases, but if your lawn is really suffocating, consider renting an actual aerator. They feature a series of plugs or spikes that you can roll or even wear to create consistent openings in the grass. Come wintertime, you should aerate right before your area gets its first frost.

Lawn Cleaning

Helping your lawn breathe doesn’t stop at aeration. You also need to clean up debris buildup. Fall leaves are especially susceptible to rot, which seeps into the grass below. Don’t just rake up the leaves and leave them in a pile. Clear them away into bags that are recyclable or compostable. Your local hardware store likely sells these types of bags, and many towns also offer composting programs.

Apply Topsoil Appropriately

Consult professionals like those at Templeton Gap Turf Farm LLC to learn about what kind of topsoil your specific lawn needs. Top soil provides the greatest benefits during spring and early summer. You now have a healthy foundation to protect your grass as it lies dormant in the winter. Continue the protection with winter mulch. This is simply a layer of organic substances such as straw that keep your grass warm during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of winter. It is different from leaf pileup because there is no risk of rotting.

Avoid Salt Exposure

Salt is commonly used as a tool to melt ice. However, it is also dangerous for soil health. If your lawn is exposed to salt, water the grass as thoroughly as possible once temperatures are above freezing in order to flush it out. Consider using salt alternatives like calcium chloride. After you shovel, don’t just dump the snow onto the lawn. That might expose your grass to whatever additional treatments may have been mixed into the snow.

It’s said that the best defense is a good offense. Planning good lawn care before temperatures fall ensures that your grass stays safe throughout the winter.

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Author Bio:  Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors and researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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