It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, and it’s getting dark much earlier. Soon, winter will be upon us. This means it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your Maryland or Northern Virginia lawn for winter’s weather. Winterizing your lawn can save you a lot of time and effort later.

What is lawn winterization?

Lawn winterization is the process of preparing your lawn for winter. This includes raking up leaves, removing debris, applying fertilizer, etc. By taking these steps, you can help your lawn to stay healthy throughout the winter months.

Why is lawn winterization important?

Lawn winterization offers several benefits:

  1. It helps to protect your grass from cold weather. Grass left unprotected can suffer from frost damage, killing the grass or making it more susceptible to disease.
  2. Winterizing your lawn can help reduce the work you'll need to do in the spring to get your lawn back into shape.

When should I winterize my lawn?

The best time to winterize your lawn is in the fall. This will allow your lawn to recover from any summer damage and prepare for winter.

How do I winterize my lawn?

Leaf and Debris Removal

Removing leaves and debris are two great ways to start winterizing your lawn. This will help to prevent the grass from being smothered and damaged by the heavy weight of the leaves.

Depending on how much leaf cover your lawn has, you can also mulch leaves into your lawn. This process provides your lawn with beneficial nutrients.

Aerate the Soil

To help improve drainage and prevent compaction, you’ll also want to aerate your lawn in the fall. Aerating the soil will also help improve your lawn’s health by allowing air and water to reach the roots of the grass.

Seed the Lawn

Once aeration is complete, seeding the lawn with Tall Fescue seed will help to replenish the lawn to improve the strength and thickness of the turf. This seeding should be done anytime between late August to the beginning of November before soil temperatures drop below 55 degrees to ensure the best results for seed germination.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Apply a fall fertilizer to your lawn before colder weather sets in to help it stay green and lush all winter long. Fertilizing your lawn now will save you a lot of time and effort later on.

Applying fertilizer in the fall will help to provide nutrients that will keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter. For best results, be sure to choose a fertilizer that is specifically designed for use in the fall.

Mow the Lawn for the Last Time

What is the proper grass length for winter?

The ideal length for grass during winter is around 3 ½ to 4 inches.

How do I store my lawn mower for winter?

You can do a few things to store your lawn mower for winter. The most important is to make sure it is clean and dry before storing it. You can either clean it with a hose or take it to a shop for professional cleaning.

If possible, store your lawn mower in a garage, storage shed, or other dry place and consider covering it with a tarp. Finally, empty the gas tank before storing the lawn mower. If there’s gas left in the tank, it could end up eroding the carburetor and clogging the fuel system or a fuel stabilizer could be added to the leftover gas.

Should I sharpen my mower blades?

The need for sharpening the lawn mower blades depends on the type of mower you have. If you have a push mower or ride-on mower, you should sharpen the blades when you notice the tips of the grass blade being torn.

Do I need to water my lawn in the winter months?

With grass being dormant, there is no need to water the lawn.

These steps to winterize your lawn will help ensure that it stays healthy all winter long. If you have any further questions about winterizing your lawn, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help!