It can be easily argued that the harshest season of the year is during the winter months. In preparation for this season of the year, many possessions are winterized. One of those possessions is the automobile. The weatherization of an automobile includes the changing of the motor oil, checking the antifreeze, ensuring that the battery has ample cranking strength to turn the motor on a cold morning, etc. Other weatherization steps may include preparing the home for winter. These steps may include the servicing of the furnace, installing the storm windows, cleaning the chimney, etc. One additional outside area of the home that should be prepared for the winter months is the lawn. Some practical lawn care tips that may aid in preparing the lawn for winter include the raking of leaves and the killing of weeds. It is also important to understand how the winter months affect your lawn. The Effects Of Winter Prior to implementing lawn care tips it is important to understand how winter affects the lawn during this time of the year. First of all, the lawn does not die but lies dormant through the winter months. Dormancy simply means that the lawn is inactive or asleep. Therefore, it is important to implement some of these lawn care tips to maintain the health of the lawn during this period of dormancy. Raking Leaves The first practical lawn care tip is to make sure that fallen leafs from the trees are removed from the lawn. The reason why the leaves should be removed from the grass is to ensure that the optimum sunlight can be absorbed by the grass. Obviously, any debris on the lawn will obscure the ability of the grass to absorb the sunlight. In addition, any leaves or other debris left on the lawns will diminish the absorption of needed nutrients by the lawn. Also, a vigorous raking of the lawn will serve to aerate the ground. This in turn will help to produce a healthier lawn in the springtime. In addition if leaves are allowed to remain on the lawn this may allow mold to cling to leaves or debris when the snow blankets the lawn. Weed Control An additional lawn care tip is to apply weed killer to get rid of your weeds. By applying weed killer during this time of the year you will minimize the growth of weeds when winter turns to spring. This lawn care tip is a practical one in that weeds, unlike grass, continues to grow during the winter season.