Helps Green Thumbs Prepare Lawns for Colder Winter

Share Article, a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource, advises gardeners how to best preserve their lawns during winter's chill, which is expected to be eight percent colder than last winter. "Putting Your Lawn to Bed for a Long Winter's Nap" reveals the tricks for preservation for the cold season, including weed control, fertilization, and winter sprinkler maintenance.'s winterizing article, "Putting Your Lawn to Bed for a Long Winter's Nap," helps homeowners prepare their grass and gardens for winter, which is expected to be colder this year ( The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) national forecast predicts that this winter will be warmer than the 30 year average, but about eight percent cooler than last year's winter. This article and others in the maintenance section on, a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource, address ways to best preserve lawns for the upcoming winter months.

"Preparing your lawn for its dormant period is every bit as critical as preparing it for the months of peak growth," said Dawn West, columnist and forum moderator. "In fact, the work you do before winter directly translates to your lawn's success the rest of the year."'s "Putting Your Lawn to Bed for a Long Winter's Nap" names ten necessary tips, including one about mowing, to best preserve a lawn. These include:

•Give the lawn one final good mow

•Apply a nitrogen lawn fertilizer

•Seed bare patches during the winter

•Drain sprinkler lines and shut down the system

•Rake the dead leaves before the snow falls

Grass is usually still growing when the leaves fall from the trees, so the lawn still needs watering and mowing. If left on the lawn, fallen leaves can cause winter kill from the heavy, wet piles that prevent the sun and water from reaching the grass plants.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAF), having long matted grass going into the winter can also cause snow mold. OMAF also states that good mowing practices have a major influence on the health and density of lawns, but this aspect of lawn care is often overlooked. includes a section on mowing and lawn mowers to make sure lawns are healthy not just for winter dormancy, but for all seasons. With lawn maintenance tips and articles spanning all the seasons and an easy-to-navigate layout, helps people with every aspect of their homes' landscaping. The site also features a variety of forum topics including a lawn care equipment section where visitors can purchase tools and products or post their own for sale ( is a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource. Visitors can ask staff questions in the lawn forum or benefit from hundreds of articles on seasonal lawn care, grass types, weed prevention, mowers, and other lawn maintenance equipment.


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