In the past, we have talked about the minimal amount of work that has to go into taking care of your lawn during the winter. We have discussed how you should avoid walking or driving on snow-covered grass as well as how to prevent your shrubbery from being bombarded by piles of discarded snow. While the cold months do mean less lawn care, they don’t necessarily mean none at all. However, the work you put into your lawn during the winter months is completely dependent on what type of lawn you have. Let’s discuss the different types of winter lawns and how you should handle whichever is specific to your home.
Chances are that if you live in New Jersey, your lawn goes dormant in the winter. After all, it doesn’t have much of a choice. Our winters can be extreme in this part of the country, and with so much snow, frost and ice, your lawn likely won’t be growing much once the warm season is over. Lucky for us, dormant lawns require the smallest amount of attention during the winter. The only thing you need to know is to leave it alone. The less you fuss with your lawn this winter, the better off it will be come spring.
If you have another home in a warmer part of the country, or you are considering moving out of New Jersey soon, you may not have any idea how to handle as active lawn during the winter. It may be hard for you to believe as a cold weather resident, but there are places in the United States in which grass continues to grow year-round. When this is the case with your lawn, regular lawn maintenance is required. This means watering your grass, mowing it. However, if you will not have to fertilize it unless your lawn is filled with a warm-season grass like Zoysia or St. Augustine. You will also have to keep an eye out for weeds as well and maintain them if you have a warm-season lawn.
All Lawns Need Love
As we mentioned in the beginning of this blog, there are steps you can take to make sure your lawn survives, regardless of what climate you live in. In case you aren’t sure what these steps are, we thought you might be able to use a reminder.
- Make sure your lawn is not compacted in any way when it is covered in snow. This means you should prevent people from walking on it, placing large objects on it or allowing any vehicles to drive or park on the grass.
- Remove any sort of debris from the lawn as soon as it gets there. This means, if a branch falls on your lawn during a winter storm, make sure to not wait too long to remove it. If you do, the grass in that area may not be viable come spring.
- Never ever salt your lawn. This will destroy your grass and make it extremely difficult to get it growing again come spring.
- Don’t forget to hire a professional lawn care company if you are not a lawn savant. There is no shame in asking for help in order to achieve your ideal lawn. Lawn Connection knows how to take care of your grass year-round so that you don’t have to. Learn more when you visit our services page!