Winter Lawn Preparation

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated December 14, 2018)

Chances of your lawn completely dying over the winter and not coming back in the spring are very slim, but it's still a good idea to prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead. If you want to take precautions but don't want to spend a whole months worth of Saturdays working in your yard, here is a quick list of essential things that should be done before winter comes.

  1. Rake. Lawn care begins with your rake. One of the best things you can do for your lawn is to rake up all the leaves and debris around your yard. This allows the sunlight to actually reach the grass, bringing much needed nutrients to your yard. Raking also aerates the lawn as well which will discourage mold growth. If your expecting snow make sure and rake before it comes, you don't want soggy leaves stuck under inches of snow.
  2. Weed. Something you should do year-round is weeding your lawn. Weeds rob your lawn of nutrients, water, and light, slowly strangling it. Make sure when weeding that you pull out the whole root so they won't grow back. If feeling overwhelmed by all the weeds in your yard, use a chemical spray to help kill them, but be careful and make sure to read the instructions carefully when doing so. While grass goes dormant during the winter time, weeds continue to grow, so it's best to get a leg up on it so you don't have a lawn of weeds come springtime.
  3. Fertilize. Like I said before, grass doesn't die in the winter, it just hibernates, and therefore it's still in need of some nutrients. A great idea is to fertilize your lawn, whether it be using compost, mulch, or just regular fertilizer. Doing this will help to keep your lawn well fed and will create a barrier to protect it against the harsh winter conditions.
  4. Mow. As the fall months start to come to a close, each week lower the setting on your lawn mower, until it's at it's lowest on the last Saturday that you mow for the year. This will prevent grass buildup when springtime rolls around.
  5. Drain Sprinkler Pipes. This is especially important if you live in freezing climates. If your water pipes freeze and burst, that could be disastrous for your lawn.

Following these lawn tips now will not only help to turn your lawn green in the springtime, but your neighbors too—green with envy.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


What Is the Cheapest Pet?

Pets are fun, but many times pets are expensive too. So, if you want a pet, but are short on funds, go for the least ...

Discover More

Dealing with Avocados

Ripen hard avocados and keep guacamole green. Don't buy another avocado until you've read these tips!

Discover More

Tips about Customs when Traveling

Traveling is exciting and fun. But be careful; if you don't pay attention you can pay heavy customs duties on what you ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Aerating Your Lawn

If your lawn is looking brown no matter how much nutrients you feed to it, consider aeration. Aerating your lawn will ...

Discover More

How to Choose Patio Furniture

Patio furniture can have just as big of an impact on the exterior of your home, as the furniture inside you house has on ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of Dandelions

Dandelions are one flower that is an eyesore in your lawn. They are extremely difficult to kill off, but you can do it ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four minus 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)