leave your lawn long or short during winter?

Better To Leave Your Lawn Long or Short For Winter?

Keep your lawn grass relatively short in winter. This retains the grass’s health and makes lawn care in winter easy. In this article, we will discuss the best lawn maintenance tips to follow in cold weather, as well as the optimal blade height for grass.

Preparing your lawn for winter is called winterization. Pruning grass blades is one of the important steps in winterization. You start winterizing your lawn in the fall. 

In winter, the ideal height for your lawn is a medium length, not too short or long.

Do Not Keep Your Yard Height Long In Winter

  • Leafy grass blades are more prone to damage by walking or pressure.
  • Moist and frost in winter damage grass blades. Snow covers the outer surface and locks the dampness in the roots. Excessive moisture causes the plant to fade away. 
  • In the winter when there is less sunlight, moisture is retained in the lower parts of plants. This promotes fungus growth that can crevasse the whole grass bed in your yard.
  • Moisture, lack of heat, and dampness provide habitable homes for pests. 
    • Pests don’t only destroy plants but also affect soil quality. They make the soil soft, causing hollow spots, sucking nutrients, and messing up soil PH.

Do Not Cut Your Grass Too Short In Winter

  • When you trim grass too low, the plant loses its nutrients and goes dormant.
  • Extra Short grass length is also prone to damage by walking or pressure. During winters, snow pressure will cause the overcut grass to die.
  • Short grass, when goes dormant causes more bare patches in the yard.
  • Bare patches promote weed growth. Unwanted plants pop out in bare patches that not only steal soil nutrients but also affect the aesthetic of your grass bed.

The Ideal Length of Grass In Winter

measuring grass height

Your grass should be up to 3 inches long in winter. This is an ideal height to protect the plant from damage that long blades can do. This also helps the plant store enough fuel for winter.

In winter, the grass growth slows down. If you live in the Northern areas of the United States, your grass will be covered in snow throughout the winters. So fertilize your lawn in September, mow your lawn in November, and leave your lawn till late February.

Southern regions of the U.S. have moderate winters. If you have winter grass, it will stay green during winter too. As the grass grows less in winter, keep mowing it once a month.

Does Watering The Lawn in Winter Effect Grass Growth?

Watering is important but you have to water your plants less than you would during summer. Winters are already moist and damp and there is less sunlight. In the North, till there is no snow, watering once a week is enough. If there is the predictability of rain, don’t water your plants. Extra moisture is a plant killer.

In Southern parts, water your yard once a week. Look out for the chances of a storm. In case of rain, don’t water your grass. Extra water in winter will stay in the roots. This causes roots to weaken and moisture promotes fungus and pests.

Lawn Care During The Harsh Winter Season

If you have warm-season grass, it will go dead in winter but cool-season grasses stay alive and keep on flourishing during the cold season. Although the process slows down but still lawn maintenance is necessary. If you skip lawn care during the winter, your lawn can become dormant and you may need to start from scratch. However, only beginners in lawn care make such mistakes.

Pro-gardeners know that they can’t miss important lawn care phases. Right from your fall lawn care routine to winterizing your lawn, every action is integral.

Lawn Tips For Beginners

Check out these tips for lawn care beginners so you don’t make silly but significant mistakes that could ruin all your hard work.

Preparing your lawn for the winter season means, starting to do lawn care in the fall. Don’t wait too long. Divide your fall lawn care routine into these simple steps

Cleaning Up The Yard

This includes getting rid of pests, weeds, fallen leaves, twigs, and debris.

Preparing Your Lawn For New Treatment

To prepare the soil for planting, rake and aerate it, get rid of thatches, and fertilize.

Then Comes The Part To Lay Seeds

This involves sowing, reseeding, filling bare spots, and installing new sod.

Watering Your Lawn

Proper watering is essential. In addition, be careful not to drown or neglect your poor plants or grass with too much or little watering.

automatic sprinkler watering the lawn

Trimming

May be the last part of your fall lawn care schedule but it is very important. It is done when you have a full crop that is flourishing well.

To avoid falling back to square one, you must take the necessary steps to achieve your goal. Here are a few tips to help you make progress.

  • Wait for the grass height to reach the ideal length. Cutting normal grass will shorten its length which is not good. Over-trimmed grass plants will also die in chilly weather.
  • Wait one month after fertilizing your grass to mow it or the grass will grow back again.
  • Never cut the wet and moist grass. Wait for a yard to dry.
  • Your mowing session must be one month apart. Frequent grass clipping can be detrimental to plant health
  • Clean the lawn after mowing it. Pick up grass cuttings as they will turn into debris and thatches. The top hard layer blocks the nutrients to absorb in the soil.
  • For people in Northern U.S., the last mow of the season should be in November. After that, you will resume mowing in early March.

With proper winter lawn care, your lawn stays healthy throughout the year. As we move from winter to spring, you shall witness the fruit of your labor flourishing again.

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