Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter

One of the key features of the exterior of your home is the humble lawn; it gives your exterior its vibrancy, and when it balances out with the decking and the furniture, can create a cornucopia of color!

lawn maintenance tips for fall and winter

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When the weather takes a turn for the worst, though, we find ourselves neglecting it. During the fall and winter, we need to make sure that we are looking after the lawn so it can peak during the spring and the summer.

With this in mind, how can we look after our lawn during the fall and winter months?


The fall months are great for your lawn because the evenings are cooler, and any damage caused by the summer can be offset. As far as fertilizing your lawn is concerned, it depends on how much you fertilize it. If you only fertilize twice a year, do it in the spring and the fall. This gives your lawn a bit of extra green in the run-up to winter, so it will be stronger and can resist any damage from the cold. 

With that said, do not neglect water. You may think that there’s plenty of rain to go around, but any fall breezes can easily dry out your grass. You can always invest in a rainwater collector, and this is a great way to collect any leftover liquids so you can put them over your lawn. 

Your lawn is starting to store its energy for the winter months. While weeds are not much of an issue during the fall months, if you find any signs of bindii, now is the time to deal with them.  


The demands for lawn care are very low, in terms of maintenance, during the winter.  There are certain issues that can crop up, though, predominantly with snow. You’ve got to be careful with snow and any form of frost. You can always use a professional snow removal service to clear your lawn, but also think about the fact that you will need to keep an eye out for weeds that may be lurking beneath the soil. 

You don’t need to fertilize during the winter, especially if you’ve already fed it since spring. The growth slows down, which means that you don’t need to mow the lawn much, but you should take the approach of catching instead of mulching, because any clippings that are left on the lawn could cause fungus issues. 

While most weeds lie dormant over winter there are a few that you need to look out for. For example, bindii, but there are other ones such as broadleaf weeds.

As you can see, those fall and winter months can prove problematic for your lawn, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to make your lawn regain its strength.

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  1. Excellent article. I wish the author had included the item used to fertilize lawns. I know zero. Also it would be cool to know the brand to buy.

    One last also. The writer says that "if you only" fertizlize twice a year. How often do the pros do it? Every month?

    Great article!

    Wendy TheInspiredEater.com

    1. Thanks, Wendy! I'm very clueless about what to use, too. I hear that some people fertilize 5-6 time per year (!) We haven't been doing it all because we're worried about Sunny on the chemicals, and our lawn shows it. We have to do something soon, though, and it's about the right time to do it, I think. Or close.

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