Lawn Care Tips for Canadian Winters
Canadian winters can be unpredictable to say the least and may expose your lawn to some harsh conditions during the cold weather months. But you don’t have to let the time and money you spend each summer maintaining your lawn go to waste because of tough winter weather. There are things you can do during the cold and snowy months to help ensure you enjoy a healthy green bed of grass once spring returns. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this winter:
Put away the mower after the first frost:
To avoid damage, once your lawn has gone dormant it should not be mowed again until it has had a chance to green up in the spring. Winter is also a great time for a little TLC for your lawn equipment. Be sure to sharpen your mower blades as part of your maintenance plan, as dull edges can cause torn grass blades and leave your lawn vulnerable and open to disease. Keep your lawn healthy next season with proper mower maintenance all year round!
Avoid lawn traffic:
When your lawn is frosted or dormant, try to avoid too much foot traffic. Grass is somewhat vulnerable while dormant, so it’s best to reduce traffic and avoid any added strain. Staying off your lawn during dormancy can help reduce the risk destruction and save you time repairing the damage when spring returns.
Find a salt alternative:
Typical rock salt can be harmful as it’s composed of Sodium Chloride which, if used improperly, can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. Yikes! That means more time and money spent repairing the damage come spring. There are alternatives that can help avoid further damage, and you can find a few suggestions of lawn-friendly salt alternatives to try this winter in our earlier blog.
Don’t pile on the snow:
Be sure to remove snow and ice build-up from your driveway and walkways (the sooner the better). Doing so can help reduce your need for damaging rock salt products to eliminate snow and ice from your property. Also, consider putting up barriers to provide a little added insurance for your lawn. And they’ll help lessen the damage caused by city plows and road salt which will inevitably end up on your property throughout the snowy season.
Your lawn can endure some harsh weather conditions, especially if you’ve implemented our fall lawn care tips, but practicing good winter maintenance can help make sure your lawn greens up beautifully in the spring. But, if your lawn does endure damage this winter, no need to worry, Manderley has the products you need to get your lawn back to looking ship shape in no time!