Caring For Your Lawn in the Winter

The winter is in full swing, and that means it’s time for a different kind of lawn care than in the warmer months. Here at Mr. Tree we get a lot of questions about what is and isn’t good for your lawn in the winter. Check out our Dos and Don’ts for winter lawn care!


  • Mulch and compost to protect your plants’ roots, help lock in moisture, help retain nutrients, and keep your topsoil warm and safe from erosion. Appropriate mulching will also protect against freezing.
  • Bring delicate plants indoors, and water them carefully. With the heater sucking out the humidity in the house, it can be easy for indoor plants to dry out. Remember to place plants near windows so they can still get plenty of sun and stay away from direct drafts from vents.
  • Transplant trees! For most trees and shrubs, now is the time to move them. Check out our tips and more information here, and contact Mr. Tree for more information.


  • Prune! Now is not the time to be cutting back on most plants. If you must, do it carefully.
  • Overwater! You should only water when the soil feels dry, usually after about two weeks without rain. Make sure not to water within 24 hours if you know it’s going to freeze. Ice will damage your plants, so water around noon to make sure all the moisture absorbs before the temperatures drop.

And finally, the biggest DO: call Mr. tree! We offer residential lawn care services to help alleviate winter issues, and also offer free estimates!