You Can Winterize Your Lawn

You Can Winterize Your Lawn


Autumn is here, bringing with it shorter days, cooler air and changing foliage. You may still have one or two cuts of the lawn left before storing your mower for the winter which means that now is the time to consider how best to prepare your lawn for a long period of dormancy.

You don’t have to wait until the last leaves have fallen before getting your yard ready for winter. In some northerly locales, you don’t have that luxury — chances are you’ll be clearing your drive and walks of snow before the last of the leaves have fallen.

Right Tools

Before you get started you’ll need to assemble the right equipment and tools to help you get the job done. A lawn mower, bags or yard waste containers, a rake and gloves are among the essentials needed to tackle this project. Your town may allow you to leave clippings mixed with leaves at the curb for vacuum pickup. Also consider leaving clippings behind to nourish your soil.

Trim low, but not too low. Set the wheel settings to two inches before you start cutting. You don’t want to go too low where the lawn dies out or leave it too high to having it look unkempt throughout the winter months.[1]

Remove excess leaves first. If your lawn is covered in a blanket of leaves, considering using a rake or leaf blower first to remove fall debris. You won’t get an even cut if your mower must battle leaves to trim grass.

Make use of clippings. Grass clippings can offer a natural protectant for flower beds. Consider evenly spreading clippings across the garden or you can add lawn debris to your compost pile for usage in the spring.[2]

Apply fertilizer. You may want to add fertilizer now in order to give your lawn a head start for the spring. Consider performing an acidity test with the help of your state’s agriculture extension department. Discover which fertilizers will benefit your lawn and apply them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.[3]

Winter Prep

Good prepping for the winter can help make your spring clean up easier and give you a greener lawn faster too. Easy work now, less to do when warmer weather makes its return.


[1] Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Fall Lawn Care Tips

[2] Missouri Department of Natural Resources: Homeowners’ Composting Guide

[3] University of Illinois Extension: Late Fall and Winter Preparation

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Photo Credit: Julia Freeman-Woolpert


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