Winter is here, your lawn has gone dormant, so now you can just sit back and relax, forgetting about lawn care until the spring, right? Not necessarily. While lawn care is less intense in the winter, you still need to make sure you are paying attention.
Mow and Plant in January
Pick a dry winter day in January and run your lawn mower over your dormant lawn. This will prepare it for growth in the spring and will chop up any fallen leaves or pine needles. While you mow, look for signs of winter weeds, which you can control now before they get out of hand.
Repair and Maintain Your Lawn Mower
Since your lawn mower is getting a bit of a break in the winter, take the time to maintain it. Have the mower blades sharpened so it is ready to attack the fast growth in the spring. Inspect the lawn mower engine and moving parts for signs of wear and tear. If you have a riding lawn mower, consider taking it into the shop for a thorough inspection.
Plant New Shrubs or Trees
Winter is a great time to plant larger plants. Remove those you didn’t like, and plant new shrubs and trees that will be an asset to your landscape. This will give them plenty of time to take root and be prepared for strong growth in the spring.
Watch for Mold
If we get any snow or ice, watch for signs of snow mold. When the snow starts to melt, this mold can grow on the grass. If you notice signs of fungus on your winter lawn, contact a lawn care specialist from Vision Green for an fungicide application to kill it before it harms your lawn.
Lime at the End of Winter
If you have acidic soil, you will need to lime your grass every couple of years right at the end of the winter dormant season. Have the soil tested, then add the lime as recommended by a lawn care specialist.
Remember, winter may limit the weekly mowing, but you will still need to pay attention to lawn care if you want your lawn to wake up vibrant and beautiful. With these tips, you can ensure that your lawn is ready for a healthy growing season.