Hansen’s Great Tips for Winter Lawn Care
Your lawn may be one of the last things on your mind during the winter. But here at Hansen’s, we know that winter lawn care is crucial. There are some considerations that should be made in the colder months to ensure your lawn comes back green and luscious in the spring:
- Make sure your winter tools such as shovels, ice chippers and snow blowers are handy.
- Remove all toys, debris and furniture from the lawn.
- Winterize your lawn mower by storing it somewhere dry, and protect it with a tarp.
Since the St. Louis and St. Charles areas are known to have some fairly harsh winters, you may also encounter some weather issues.
After a snow, sometimes there will be a period of warmth. When this is followed by colder, freezing temperatures, a sheet of ice can form on the lawn. If this lasts more than a month, your lawn can be damaged or even killed. In this case, you’ll need to repair the bare patch in the spring.
When snow lingers on the lawn, the soil can become insulated and “snow mold” can form. Snow mold can be gray or pink and often leads to leaf tissue damage or other serious injury. It appears in circular patches that can be anywhere from 3 to 12 inches.
You can prevent snow mold by:
- raking up all the fall leaves
- avoiding nitrogen fertilizers
- continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing
If you encounter snow mold, rest assured that once the area has thoroughly dried, most often the lawn will regenerate. You can lightly rake the area to promote this drying process.
Hansen’s Tree Service offers a wide variety of lawn care services in the St. Louis and St. Charles area including lawn mowing, compost and mulch application and pest management. Contact us today for more information.