Icy streets and sidewalks have arrived; does this mean your lawn maintenance needs are done for the season?  Absolutely not!  Winter care yields a healthier, greener, more beautiful lawn and garden in the spring.

In today’s blog, we’ll focus on some of the most important winter weather lawn care tips to ensure an optimal yard come spring.  At West Coast Lawns, we have the skills, equipment, and experience necessary to help you maintain your lawn all year long!

Aerate

Aerating your soil promotes improved nutrition for your grass while also preventing problems associated with poor drainage.  Additionally, aerating helps to break down the thatch of your lawn – that’s the living part of the grass, but if it gets too thick the thatch can prevent nutrient absorption while also blocking air and water from penetrating you lawn.

Ice Maintenance

In colder climates, treating sidewalks, driveways, roads, and walkways with ice is a common practice to prevent ice from forming.  Ice walkways are a recipe for disaster, but the salt can also damage your yard.  As such, the West Coast Lawns team recommends using alternatives such as sand or calcium chloride to manage ice.  Regular snow removal can also help protect your lawn in a couple of ways.  First, by removing snow, you’ll also remove salt or other treatments from walkways and prevent runoff from damaging your yard.  Additionally, by removing snow, you can prevent ice formation as well.

Winter Lawn Maintenance Essentials

Fertilize

Winter can be a great time to treat your lawn with fertilizer, particularly if you live in a warmer winter climate.  The West Coast Lawns team often applies fertilizer in the fall and winter to maintain nourishment in your lawn for healthier grass when spring arrives.

Raking

Raking tends to be more important during the fall months when a lot of leaves build up on your yard; still, even in the winter months on the west coast, you may need to remove leaves and other debris. Particularly following storms with high winds, debris such as branches, garbage, and other items can build up on your lawn which is why the West Coast Lawns team includes debris removal in their lawn and garden maintenance services throughout the winter months.

Repair

If you have bare patches of lawn, seeding and/or sodding during the fall and winter can help to establish healthy grass.  The importance of repairing your lawn extends beyond mere aesthetic; in fact, treating bare spots can also prevent erosion or compaction of your lawn.  Generally speaking, seeding and sodding can be done as long as temperatures are above freezing – so there are plenty of days in a west coast winter that allow for lawn repair.

If you want to learn more about how West Coast Lawns can help you with your lawn and garden maintenance during the winter, contact one of our friendly and informative customer service specialists today.