ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)