Clean Up Lawn Before Frost or Snow
Clearing your lawn of all debris, especially leaves, is really important before possible ice or snow. Leaves can trap moisture and foster fungi growth, as well as blocking light and inhibiting airflow. Letting leaves build up can brown and damage grass.
Don’t Walk on Frozen or Snow Laden Lawns
Frozen lawns are very fragile. Keep traffic to a minimum, since the grass blades can break off. Walking on snow covered lawns can compact the snow and cause similar damage to heavy wet leaves left on lawns.
Choose Lawn-Safe Ice Melt Products
Traditional ice melt salts can runoff and damage turf when ice melts off sidewalks and driveways. Generally, any products labeled as pet friendly are often safer to use around your lawn. Whatever product you choose, use the minimum amount of product for the desired result, and try to keep as far away from your grass as possible.
Service Your Lawn Mower and Lawn Equipment
Since your lawn mower and other equipment won’t be getting much use, it’s the perfect time to make sure it is properly serviced and stored for use in the spring. Sharpening the mower blade, draining any leftover fuel, etc, are important steps in maintaining these tools for optimal performance.
Soil Test Now
Taking a soil test in December will allow you to prepare for the coming season by knowing exactly what your soil needs in the growing season. The ground will likely not be frozen yet, either, which will make it easier to take the soil samples.