It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So they say. However, your Christmas tree should not be the only greenery you tend to this season. As the temperature starts to drop, your lawn will need a little extra TLC to get through the harsh winter spell.

The best time to prepare for the wintry weather is in the cooler months. You don’t want to wait until after the season change, once it’s already shockingly cold. We might as well get out there, get our hands dirty, and enjoy the short window of fall while we can!

There’s a lot going on under the surface of your lawn. It helps to understand which conditions it thrives in, and those in which it requires a little more attention. Here are a few lawn care tips to consider before it gets too cold, and way before your in-laws come into town for the holidays.

A closeup of frosted grass

Keep off!

For starters, try to avoid unnecessary traffic or activity through your lawn this time of year (that’s probably easier said than done if you have kids and/or four-legged fur babies). Doing so will result in greener, healthier, and more manageable grass come spring.

Let’s begin your winter lawn care routine by weeding out all the pesky weeds, as they fight for the same nutrients as those beautiful perennials of yours.

Know When to Seed (and Overseed)

Next? Let’s add to it! The ideal weather condition to spread grass seed is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind your lawn needs the appropriate amount of water to assist with the growth.

You can also mow the lawn in a way that will help prepare your grass for the anticipated arctic blast. Gradually trim the grass shorter and shorter going into the cooler months. That way, your yard can adjust to the changing temperature over an extended period of time. This is also a good time to spread fertilizer, giving the roots a head-start on reserving food and nutrients before the cold weather hits. Your lawn will thank you for it later.

Aerate at the proper times

Aeration will also make a significant difference in the long-term quality of your yard. This process involves creating small holes in the soil to let essential elements such as air, water, and sunlight reach the roots of your grass. A simple raking job also helps break up any excess material that is blocking nutrients from getting to the source. One might say that is often the root of the problem.

So all in all, it’s better to take the precautionary steps upfront rather than trying to ‘save’ your yard after any damage has been done.

What can we say? Fantastic curb appeal doesn’t come easy. #SpringFever

A view of a house and yard from the front