While lawns may not require as much care in the winter as they do the rest of the year, don’t ignore it completely. Share these winter lawn care tips with your customers to make sure their lawn comes back better than ever in the spring. 

Aerate & Fertilize 

Just before the first expected frost date, head out to your lawn and aerate. Aerating your lawn will give it a chance to breathe before the grass goes dormant, and help relieve any compaction that has built up during the warmer months. 

Scotts Turf Builder Fall Lawn Food (2)

After you’ve opened up your lawn, it’s a good time to fertilize with Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food. Fertilizing your lawn gives your grass the essential nutrients it needs as it prepares for winter. The grass roots absorb and store the nutrients during the winter months. Then, in the spring, your lawn taps into those stored nutrients giving it a head start, making it green and lush. By having a properly cared-for lawn, you’ll also help prevent weeds, pests, and diseases from moving in once it warms up. 

Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food

Perfect for a second fall feeding before winter. Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food builds strong deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. WaterSmart improves the lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients versus an unfed lawn. Apply to any type of grass. Kid and pet friendly when used as directed.   

Available in 5,000 sq.ft. and 15,000 sq. ft. coverage.   

Keep Your Lawn Clean 

There’s a good chance that leaves have piled up on your lawn during fall and because of that your lawn could suffocate before winter. Leaves that are left on the lawn could also become too wet, which can invite disease. If the leaves are not too thick or wet, mulch the leaves with your mower into dime-sized pieces to recycle the nutrients back into your lawn. If the leaves are too thick, wet, or matted down, rake them up and remove them. 

Also, be sure to remove lawn furniture and debris from your lawn, as well as any spare logs from next to the fire pit. 

Avoid Too Much Lawn Traffic 

When your lawn is frosted or dormant, try to avoid walking on it too much. Even strong grass can become weak if the same path is walked over too many times. 

Prepare While You Can 

Finally, make sure you have your winter lawn care plan in place well ahead of time. Once there’s a chill in the air, keep an eye on the forecast and leave yourself enough time to put your plan into action before the first frost arrives.