Caring for your lawn is a year round job, but those who have a perfectly manicured job will tell you it’s well worth the effort. Coming home to a lush, green lawn out front is like coming home to a neatly made bed; something about it just makes you feel good. Your home should feel like a peaceful oasis, and seeing a nicely planned and cared for landscape can make you feel like you can finally destress after even the busiest days.
There are certain things that you’ll need to do to make this happen. In the wintertime especially, your lawn will need a bit of careful attention. Whether or not you have a hired landscaper, your lawn is at its most vulnerable in the winter, so it’s important to avoid the things that can damage it. Here are a few things that you should and shouldn’t do for your lawn in the rainy parts of the year.
DON’T Keep Things Sitting On It
Your lawn is a great place for your kids to play, and your family to gather. However, in the rainy winter months, you should avoid this as much as possible. For one thing, it will be wet, slippery and muddy. Not exactly a welcoming play area. For your lawn’s own sake, you’ll want to make sure you keep as much off of it as possible. When it rains, the soil beneath your lawn is softer, and laying things down on it, or walking all over it can compact it. Compacted soil makes it harder for the grass’ roots to grow and gather the nutrients it needs when the sun finally does come out.
DO Properly Drain
It’s perfectly normal for your lawn to get wet during the rain, there’s certainly no avoiding that. However, if you see puddles of water building up on your lawn, you have a problem. Puddles like this is not attractive and can instantly make a beautiful lawn look unkempt. Still water also tends to attract pests such as mosquitos, so if you’re spotting the problem now, you’ll want to take care of it before summer comes. Puddles on your lawn means that it doesn’t have the correct drainage. There are several ways to fix this, but you might want to call a professional in to do a consultation and make a recommendation.
DON’T Mow As Much
While you might have gotten into the habit of mowing your lawn every week, you’ll want to resist the urge during winter. As mentioned before, your lawn is vulnerable during this time, and trimming it can do more damage than good. Keep it a little longer than you typically do, and only mow when absolutely necessary.