How to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

As winter approaches and settles in, it is likely your lawn has slowed down its growing substantially and leaves, dead fruit and other debris are starting to fall. Taking the time to properly prepare your lawn for the cold season ahead will ensure it thrives, maintaining it healthy and strong all year long.


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    Rake your lawn. Remove any leaves or other debris, keep an eye on it and do it regularly until the snow falls. This is especially important if you are planning on re-seeding or repairing any damaged areas of your lawn.
    • Keeping your yard clear of leaves will also prevent snow mold or mildew growth in the winter, and will allow your lawn to breathe properly throughout the year.
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    Aerate your lawn. Aerate on a day when the soil is soft and moist, but not wet.
    • Renting a power aerator will drastically reduce the amount of work.
    • Aerating can also be done in the spring, but if you do it this time of year, you won’t have to worry about walking on all the soil bits that are left over. This also primes your lawn for an autumn seed and fertilizing.
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    Spread compost or top soil. Spread it in areas where the lawn is thin or damaged. You only need to put down about a quarter of an inch, and rake it evenly throughout the lawn or on damaged areas, allowing it to enter the aerator holes.
    • Don’t put on too much as it can suffocate and kill your grass.
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    Fertilize your lawn. Use a slow-release, all-natural fertilizer.
    • If you are using a chemical fertilizer make sure you don’t overdo it and burn your lawn.
    • Keep your spreader from dumping too much in one spot, and only have it open when the spreader is in motion.
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    Seed your lawn. The seed you choose depends on the climate you live in, any specific problems your lawn might be having, or the kind of conditions it’s up against.
    • If you’re not sure, ask the experts at your local landscaping or garden centre.
    • When preparing your lawn to be seeded, make sure you give it a fresh mow and cut it a little shorter than usual the day before.
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    Water your lawn. The new seed needs to be watered daily so the top soil is constantly moist and they can germinate.
    • The ground should be moist, but not soggy as that promotes snow mold.


  • When seeding your lawn, don't worry about over doing it! The more seed the better!
  • Fall’s colder temperatures and rain makes it easy to reseed bare spots in your lawn.
  • If you are not a do-it-yourself type of person, you can always hire a local landscaper.


  • Use caution when using a chemical fertilizer, as you can burn your lawn. Consult with your local lawn and garden store experts.

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Categories: Winter Outdoor Safety | Lawn Care