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Winter is when most people spend the least amount of time thinking about their lawns. In the Columbia, each lawn mower is tucked away for a long winter’s nap, and their owners are thinking more about upcoming snowfalls than starting up their lawn maintenance routines again next spring. While Jack Frost is still nipping at your nose, here are a few helpful lawn care service habits to remember now and in the year ahead.\n\n

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winter is when most people spend the least amount

Winter is when most people spend the least amount of time thinking about their lawns. In the

Columbia, each lawn mower is tucked away for a long winter’s nap, and their owners are

thinking more about upcoming snowfalls than starting up their lawn maintenance routines again

next spring. While Jack Frost is still nipping at your nose, here are a few helpful lawn care

service habits to remember now and in the year ahead.

Fertilizing in winter

Late fall or early winter is the best time to fertilize cool season grasses such as rescues, rye

grasses and bluegrass’s. A thoroughlawn fertilization using the proper product gives a healthy

advantage. Just as animals need to store food for hibernation, your lawn needs to fill up for

survival during dormancy. Many nutrients can be lost from the soil during the hot summer

months and the fall growing season. Once the snow falls, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and

feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. You can also use the professional Dundee Removal

Services to take care of your lawn in or earlier winter.

Mowing strategies

During the last month of fall, gradually lower the cutting base of your lawn mower each time you

mow until you reach a turf length of 2 to 2-½ inches in height. Slowly cutting your grass shorter

will allow it to winter well without the shock of cutting it low all at once. According to the

Bright Green Landscapes shorter grass helps protect the newer, more fragile growth appearing

late in the growing season. Lawns left too tall make tempting homes for field mice and other

burrowing animals looking for a warm dwelling under the insulating protection of snow. Large

portions of lawns can be damaged and dead spots are likely to appear where grasses are pulled

for building nests and structures, or where burrowing of holes and tunnels occur.

Keep it clean

It is easy to overlook items on the lawn after temperatures drop, and you spend less time

outdoors. Accidentally overlooked objects left resting during cold weather or under snow

accumulation can leave turf thin, stunted or bare. Removing items such as lawn furniture, toys,

logs, branches and leaves can save a lot of time repairing damage later. Your final mow is a great

time to check for these items. Fallen leaves can be easily turned into healthy, natural mulch with

a few passes of your local lawn care experts

a few passes of your local lawn care experts, saving you from back-breaking raking, bagging

and removal. As winter progresses, occasionally bundle up for some fresh air and walk around

your lawn, keeping gentle watch for new items that may appear and need relocating or other

attention. A few minutes of prevention can save hours of more costly repairs later.

Avoid excessive lawn traffic

Grass is relatively resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes well-

worn. Your shorter-cut, brown-colored, dormant grass can be quite vulnerable to heavy use and

foot traffic. Encourage people and pets to rotate frequent areas of use often, so patterns do not

become concentrated. Keep sidewalks cleared of ice and snow, so you and your guests won’t be

tempted to cut across the yard very often. Use a salt-free alternative to melt icy walk areas near

contact with turf to avoid salt damage. Just say NO to parking a truck or a car on your lawn.

Even the smallest vehicle will leave impressions in the soil and kill off the grass that is

underneath the tires. Using the lawn as a parking lot is the fastest way to kill the good grass and

make room for crabgrass and other types of weeds. For these all you can hire the Lawn

Mowing professionals so to make your lawn beautiful and to prevent it from being damage.

Other factors

The weight from heavy snowfalls and piled-up snow from plowing or play can cause soil

compaction. Compaction depletes healthy soil by impeding air, moisture and nutrients from

reaching roots, and preventing earthworms and other healthy microbes from thriving. A late fall

or spring core aeration can greatly benefit most lawns once per year.

Winter-prepared lawn

Proper fall lawn preparation is time well spent to help ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring

rolls around again — even through the harshest winter. When the north wind is ready for spring

break, the snow will once again melt away to reveal what is green and eager to get growing!