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How to Get your Lawn Ready to Survive the Winter

fall leaves with frost

While grass may not stay green all winter, there are a few key steps you need to take before the winter weather sets in to help protect the growth you had this year and set it up for healthy growth in the spring. 

Keep Your Lawn Healthy Through the Fall

While fall leaves in your yard may be beautiful, if left there too long, they can become harmful. Lack of removal can result in smothering immature, new grass which will leave you with a lackluster lawn come spring. Protect your yard by keeping your lawn raked regularly, keeping wet leaves off your grass and avoid walking on your grass once frost is present. 

A few tips to make raking a little easier: 

  • Use a tarp to move leaf piles
  • Mow your lawn to collect leaves if possible
  • Pull the rake towards you in a straight line instead of at an angle
  • If there aren’t too many leaves you can mow right over them to create finely chopped mulch which can improve the quality of your soil

The most important part of raking is that you ensure all leaves are off your lawn before the snow begins to fall. 

Rake Responsibly

Did you know that improperly raking your yard can have an environmental impact? For instance, you should never rake leaves into storm drains for risk of causing clogs and street flooding. Additionally if these clogs aren’t removed the leaves will start to decay and leach harmful nutrients into our waterways.

A few tips to rake responsibly:

  • Don’t rake leaves into streets, ditches or storm drains
  • Research if your community provides a fall yard debris collection service
  • Collect your fallen leaves into a compost bin to use in your garden come spring

Get Rid of Weeds

A lot of prepping for winter is really more about prepping for spring. As winter annual weeds, like purple henbit and chickweed, start to grow pro-active weed control is recommended to prevent them from germinating your entire yard. If you leave your lawn with weeds for the winter, that’s the first thing that will show up in the spring. Weeds also weaken the soil, making it more difficult for healthy growth after the harsh winter months. Luckily, just like grass and plants, weeds are feverishly soaking up all the nutrients and moisture they can get before winter, making it the perfect time to attack them with weed killer! 

Ask Your Local Experts

If you’re concerned about your lawn heading into this winter season, ALM is here to help. As local experts in the Virginia area, we’ve been helping keep lawns vibrant and healthy for more than 15 years! Whether you have questions about mowing or concerns about weed treatments, our experts are here to help with all your lawn needs. 

Learn more about our lawn services.