5 Winter Lawn Care Tips for Healthy Grass in Spring


As the seasons change from fall to winter your grass will start to go dormant. It will slowly stop growing and need less and less of your time and attention. While you may welcome this break from yard work, there are a few things you should do before winter to ensure your grass comes back healthy and thriving in spring.

  1. Remove Leaves and Lawn Debris

Any leaves and lawn debris left on your lawn over winter will mat down grass under the weight of heavy snowfall, trapping moisture, which could lead to lawn fungus. Additionally, leaves block sunlight and prevent vital nutrients from getting to the grass underneath.

Raking is a great way to remove leaves and debris while also breaking up thatch, which helps more air and nutrients reach your lawn’s soil. If you need a break from the rake, you can also mulch your leaves into dime-sized pieces using a mulching mower.

  1. Apply a Pre-emergent Weed Control Treatment

A great step in preventing early spring weeds is actually taking a preventatives step in the fall with a pre-emergent weed control application. Pre-emergent herbicides don’t entirely stop weed germination and growth but will help control it.

  1. Apply a Post-emergent Weed Control Treatment

Finally say “good-bye” to the pesky weeds you couldn’t seem to get rid of all summer long with a post-emergent herbicide. This herbicide should be sprayed directly on the target weed, which will systematically attack its root system. Using a post-emergent herbicide and harsh winter weather conditions will make it very hard for a weed to continue to grow, hopefully resulting in complete elimination.

  1. Mow Your Lawn Until the First Frost

Even as temperatures start dropping and your grass appears to be growing less and less, it’s important to continue to mow your lawn up until the first frost. This helps reduce the amount of moisture that will be trapped on your lawn under snow, helping prevent lawn diseases, like snow mold. Lower your lawn mower blades to mow the grass short, about 2”, for the final mow of the year.

  1. Fertilize Your Lawn Before the First Frost

Fertilizer is an important step in your lawn care routine that ensures your grass gets the nutrients it needs to stay strong, healthy, and thick, which also helps it fight off weeds and other lawn diseases year-round.

Prepare your lawn for winter with a fall fertilizer application before the first frost. Fall fertilizer helps restore damage to grass caused by the stress of summer heat, promotes nutrient storage, and supports root growth, which creates a healthier lawn in spring. We recommend planning your last two fertilizer applications between late August and November.

Cleveland Ohio Lawn Care Services

LawnMatters offers lawn care services in Northeast Ohio for every season. If you’d like help preparing your lawn for winder, please contact us to learn how we can help.

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