Protecting Your Lawn from Winter Pests and Wildlife Damage

December 14, 2023

As the temperatures drop and winter sets in, you might think that your lawn is safe from pests. After all, most creatures tend to hibernate or migrate during the colder months, right? While that’s partially true, many species can still pose a threat to your lawn during winter. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common winter pests and wildlife that can damage your lawn and offer tips on how to protect your outdoor space.

Common Winter Pests and Wildlife

1. Voles: Also known as field mice, voles are small rodents that can wreak havoc on your lawn during winter. They burrow beneath the snow, creating intricate tunnels and munching on grass roots.

2. Deer: In search of food, deer may venture into your yard to dine on your shrubs, trees, and even grass. Their feeding habits can leave your lawn looking patchy and damaged.

3. Rabbits: These small mammals often find your shrubs, young trees, and grass to be a tasty winter meal. Their nibbling can cause extensive damage to your landscaping.

4. Moles: Moles tunnel underground throughout the year, but their activity may become more noticeable in winter. Their tunnels can disrupt grass roots and create unsightly mounds.

Tips for Protecting Your Lawn

Fencing: Installing a deer-resistant fence can be an effective way to keep deer out of your yard. Opt for a fence at least 8 feet tall and angled away from your property to deter them from jumping over. To protect against voles, install vole barriers like hardware cloth or mesh around the base of young trees and shrubs. These barriers prevent voles from gnawing on the plants’ bark.

Repellents: Consider using repellents specifically designed to deter deer and rabbits. These products emit scents that make your lawn less appealing to these interlopers.

Trimming and Pruning: Keep your ornamental shrubs and trees well-trimmed and pruned. This reduces hiding spots for unwanted guests and makes your yard less inviting for them.

Winter Lawn Cover: Some homeowners opt to cover their lawns with straw or burlap during the winter to discourage critters and protect against harsh weather. Ensure that the cover is secure and doesn’t create hiding places.

Regular Inspection: Periodically inspect your lawn for signs of damage, such as chewed plants or tunneling. Early detection allows for prompt action.

At Southern Lawns, we are proud of the lawn care services we provide, but we’re only half the equation. Protecting your lawn from winter pests and wildlife requires vigilance and proactive measures between our service calls. By implementing these strategies and staying attentive to your lawn’s condition, you can minimize the risk of winter damage and ensure that your outdoor space remains healthy and attractive throughout the colder months. Remember that a little prevention now can save you a lot of hassle and expense in the long run.