Winter Lawn Care: Keeping Your Yard Healthy During Cold Months

When winter shows up, it’s tempting to forget about your yard and garden until springtime comes around again. A snow-covered yard doesn’t exactly scream “time to garden!” But if you neglect your outdoor spaces during the cold months, you may end up with a patchy lawn and unhappy plants when warmer weather returns. So how can you keep your yard looking healthy and vibrant even when snow piles up? In this guide, we’ll talk about winter lawn care, with tips on maintaining your lawn and garden throughout the colder seasons.

Photo of a house in winter

Most of the time, when we’re thinking about landscaping ideas for Louisville yards we are envisioning the spring and summer seasons. But in this piece, we’ll look at things from a totally different perspective. The goal is to help you keep your outdoor oasis beautiful, even during a very cold winter. 

Lawn Preparation Before Winter

Before the first snowflake makes its appearance, getting your lawn ready for winter is key. Doing a bit of prep work now can make a real difference in how your grass and plants hold up during the cold months ahead. 

Start by mowing your lawn a little shorter than you usually would – this helps fend off disease and makes it easier to clear snow come winter. Think about renting an aerator or hiring a pro to aerate your lawn, which lets air and water reach roots more easily for healthier growth. Putting down a balanced fertilizer designed for late fall or early winter is another smart move – it feeds your lawn through the dormant period. And to fill in bare spots for a thicker, lusher lawn come springtime, try overseeding with some cold-hardy grass seed. Just a few simple steps like these before the snow flies can set your lawn up for success all season long.

Tree and Shrub Care

Don’t forget about your trees and bushes – they need some winter prep too if they’re going to make it through the cold months in good shape. Pruning back any dead or damaged branches now prevents breakage later under heavy snow and ice. Laying mulch around the base insulates the roots when the mercury drops. If winter turns out especially dry, remember to give your trees and shrubs a drink now and then. Watering is super important for evergreens in particular. 

Snow Removal Tips for Landscaped Areas

Keeping your landscaped areas free of snow and ice is crucial for protecting your plants and hardscapes from damage. When tackling snow removal, keep these tips in mind:

  • Go easy with the snow blower or shovel around plants. You want to avoid snapping branches or packing dense snow around them. Gently clear snow away from delicate shrubs and trees.
  • Instead of regular rock salt, try using sand or calcium chloride to melt the ice. These alternatives are less harsh on your plants and better for the environment. 
  • If you’ve got big landscaped spaces, attach a plow to your vehicle or bring in the pros. That’s a more efficient way to clear heavy snow.

Lawn and Garden Protection

When it comes to protecting your lawn and garden during the winter, it’s really about stopping too much snow buildup and keeping your plants properly insulated. You can cover up delicate plants with snow blankets or burlap to create a barrier against the cold weather. Just remember to take those covers off on sunny days so your plants can still breathe! Mulch isn’t useful only during the growing months – adding a layer of mulch around plants in winter helps moderate the temperature of the soil and keeps the roots protected from the elements.

Snow Hauling Services

In snowy regions, there’s such a thing as professional snow hauling services which can be a real lifesaver. These companies don’t just remove the snow, they haul it away to designated dumping spots, keeping your yards and gardens clear. Their equipment and know-how allow them to efficiently clear snow without damaging your plants or trees. Rather than piling snow around your landscaping, they transport it somewhere it won’t harm your greenery or hardscapes. Snow hauling pros get that your plants and garden areas have unique needs, and they tailor their work to protect them

Staying Informed with a Winter Forecast

In the northern parts of the US and definitely in Canada, winter weather can be hard to predict. Keeping up with the winter forecast helps you get ready for whatever comes.

  • Check forecasts from trustworthy local weather outlets. Their predictions can give you a heads-up on possible snow totals and freezing temps ahead. 
  • Use the winter forecast to tweak your winter lawn care routine. Brace for extra snow shoveling if heavy snows are in the outlook.
  • Even though we’ve talked mostly about the country’s northern parts, it’s important to remember that we can receive harsh winter weather here in Louisville, Kentucky.

Every area faces its own unique challenges and factors when it comes to dealing with winter weather. The bottom line is, that you need to customize your winter lawn maintenance routine to match the climate and conditions in your specific region.


Ultimately, you don’t have to let winter ruin your yard or garden. If you take care of your lawn properly before winter hits and remove snow carefully once it’s here, you can keep your outdoor space looking healthy and lively even when it’s cold and snowy out.

Prep your lawn, care for trees, protect landscaped areas, and make sure your yard and garden thrive all winter long. Pay attention to winter forecasts for your area too. That way, whatever winter brings, you’ll be ready for it. With the right preparation and care, your outdoor haven can stay beautiful and vibrant no matter the season.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.