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7 Proactive Measures of Winter Lawn Care

Updated on December 24, 2013

Although it may be spring and summer that our yards are on display, how good they look starts during the fall so that the grass can rest during the winter. So, before you think you have done yard work for the last time this year, be sure that you have taken proactive steps to ensure that next year, your lawn looks even better than it did this season. To do this, plan a day to take the following actions.

  1. Feed your lawn. In the northern regions of the United States, most yards are seeded with cool weather grasses, which are actually more active during the autumn than during summer. In these regions, you need to fertilize using a moderate amount of nitrogen, twice. The first time in mid to late September and then second time in late November, or before the ground is frozen.
  2. Correct any damage from the summer. Did pets or the kids wear a path through a particular are of the yard? Then fall is the time to reseed that area and cover it with a layer of compost or soil.
  3. Don’t quit watering your lawn just because the heat of summer has passed. You should still water your lawn at least once every three weeks, if your region is not getting rain.
  4. Don’t overdo the pruning! Yes, you should prune back some, but don’t get excited and cut back to nothing. The extra length and fullness can help protect the plants from extreme cold temperatures. However, you should cut off any dead branches, being sure not to stack the dead wood near the house so that it is not a refuge for bugs!
  5. Autumn is a great time to transplant trees, shrubs and any bulbs, as the temperatures are friendly and the plants are usually in a dormant stage so they won’t go into shock due to a move. Also, fall is a prime time to plant a garden. Veggies like spinach, lettuce and an assortment of root vegetable do great during the cooler season.
  6. Prep the ground for next year’s flowerbeds and gardens. If you have perennial flowerbeds, fall is a great time to remove any dead growth and separate any heavy root systems so it can be more fertile the following year.
  7. If you have a pond, clean it out. Use a net to remove any leaves, debris, etc. that collect in a pond or fountain. These items will build up nutrients in the water that cause spikes in the ammonia levels, which can harm the fish. You should also take this time to check the pond equipment to make sure that it is in prime working order; however, it is not necessary to run the pump all winter. If possible, shut down the pumps and filters. If you live in a region where ice and snow are common, consider purchasing a de-icer that is activated when the water reaches the freezing point.

These seven steps can help make your lawn look even better next summer than it did this past year. From having a beautiful flower garden to a lush green lawn, these proactive measures can make your yard the talk of the neighborhood. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding preparing your lawn for winter, the pros at Advanced Irrigation can help.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of winter lawn care. One such site worth visiting is Advanced Irrigation.

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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