By: Craig Vacula, Lawn Tech
Winter is the season where most homeowners forget about their yard. The lawnmower has
been stored away, snow covers the grass, and you don’t have to worry about weeding and
watering your yard or plants. By giving your lawn some special care during the late fall and
winter seasons, you can help ensure that your lawn will be vibrant and healthy come spring.
These green tips from Lawn Tech of New Jersey will be good for your yard while also
allowing the environment you live in to stay eco-friendly.
Make sure you mow one last time before the first snow. You don’t want your grass to be
too tall during the winter because it can cause the grass blades to bend from the weight of
2. Clean Up
It can be surprising how many people accidentally leave logs, lawn furniture, and even toys
laying out on their yard when winter comes. These items will create large areas of dead
grass, so don’t forget to clear the lawn of anything that could cause damage to your turf.
3. Removal of Leaves
If leaves aren’t removed from your yard before the first snowfall, they will mesh together
and form a thick mat. This kills the grass and typically spreads disease throughout your
lawn. Come spring, your lawn may not recover in these areas.
4. Mindful of Lawn Traffic
Try to limit the amount you walk on your lawn in the late fall and winter. Excess lawn traffic, especially if some paths get a lot of foot traffic, can kill your grass. This is particularly true once we’ve had a frost and the ground is frozen.
5. Wrapping Shrubs
Shrubs can be very delicate during the winter, so wrap them in burlap to shield them from
snow, ice, freezing wind and deer. If you don’t wrap your shrubs they could easily fall victim to the winter blues.
6. Placement of Snow Piles
When you’re shoveling or snow blowing, it can be tempting to do what’s easiest just to get
the snow off of your driveway and sidewalks. When clearing out the snow, be sure that you
don’t pile it onto your plants. This can suffocate these plants and kill them. Also, snow piled on the grass for an extended period of time will show signs of snow mold disease in early spring.
7. Mark Your Lawn
Do you ever ruin the grass because you lose track of where the driveway ends and the grass
begins? Put markers on the edge of your lawn so you know where to stop shoveling,
snow blowing, or plowing. Reflective markers along the road can also help steer plows away from your yard.
8. Substitute Salt
To put it simply, don’t use salt on your driveway or sidewalks. Using sand or magnesium
chloride is a much greener way of melting the ice on your driveway, and won’t harm your
lawn and plants in the process. Not only can salt kill plants and grass, but it can even cause
damage to your concrete.
Enjoy the Snow!
Come spring your lawn will have plenty of water when the snow thaws, and this helps your
landscape quickly come back to life. If you need help with winter lawn care so your lawn is
healthy and vibrant come spring, just let us know. Here at Lawn Tech , we’d be happy to