Winter means a break from lawn care, right? Well, maybe. Winter lawn care varies depending on your growing zone, but it generally comes down to three things: Keeping your grass protected, short and fed.
If your lawn is still covered in fall leaves, don’t rake them up. Remove any branches or other large debris, and then mow over the leaves to cover the lawn in a fine mulch that will continue to protect and nourish the lawn.
Here are some additional do’s and don’ts for winter lawn care.
While you were sleeping: Dormant lawns
If your grass stays brown and doesn’t grow in winter, then it is dormant. These care guidelines for dormant lawns especially apply to those of you in USDA zones 3-7, but if you live in zones 8-10 and would not like to mow or water in winter, you may choose to let your warm-season grass go dormant as well.