Although most of the leaves have been raked and the air has turned cool, lawn work should not end. Lawn care maintenance in winter is important to ensure lawns come back healthy when spring arrives.
Is Overseeding an Option?
Professional lawn care companies are busy all year making sure their client’s lawns stay great looking. Once cold weather sets in, lawns will take on a yellow-tan color as the grass goes dormant. Depending on the severity of your winter, lawns can be overseeded with a perennial or annual ryegrass if staying green is the owner’s objective. However, if snow will be covering the lawn during most of the winter, owners may choose not to go this route.
Rake Up the Rest of the Leaves
During the early winter months, it is important to rake any remaining leaves and debris before the turf freezes. Leaving this material in place restricts the reemergence of the grasses in the spring, causing a late start to the desired appearance. Rake gently to avoid uprooting the sleeping grass. And avoid treading on grass areas while the turf is frozen since this tends to kill the grass crowns or result in snow mold which will delay normal growth in the spring.
Weeds Like to Start Early
Weeds do develop in the winter. The first prevention for weed development is to apply a pre emergence herbicide in the fall. While this can be very effective, some weeds may still develop. Spot treating these as soon as they are detected should keep the lawn in great shape for the spring growth.
Continuing to mow the lawn after the fall season can be useful to keep the lawn looking great.
Voles Love Grass
As many homeowners know, snow cover creates the ideal environment for these rodents to do their damage. They burrow beneath the snow cover eating the grass roots as they go. Once the snow melts, lawns may be criss-crossed with tunnels. The ruts can be gently raked and seeded in the spring and signs of the damage will soon disappear.
Contact Heritage Oak Farm
For information regarding winter lawn, shrub and tree care and lawn care maintenance in winter, contact the experts at Heritage Oak Farm. Their ProLine™ of professional landscaping equipment helps lawncare and nursery professionals perform their tasks efficiently and profitably.
Call Heritage Oak Farm at 1-888-288-5308.