Preparing Your Outdoors for Winter
Winter is right around the corner and with that comes the struggle of bracing the cold. With cold days and even colder nights approaching it’s important to take the proper precautions on your home landscape. In order to keep your yard in optimal condition this winter season, keep these tips in mind in the fall months. Preparing your landscaping for winter can be time consuming, but you will be thanking yourself when spring comes around and your yard looks lush with no brown spots to show!
As the fall season comes to a close, your backyard is most likely covered in leaves and will definitely require some lawn care. While these massive leaf piles are often times admired by kids, these piles can make the yard look messy and even worse, can damage your grass if left over the winter. Leaves can cause grass to not receive proper sunlight and also reduce water evaporation ultimately killing the grass. Two ways to remove these leaves are raking or mowing.
Raking is the first solution and probably the easiest. The most efficient way to complete a busy day of raking is to purchase a large quality rake that will make the task faster and easier on your back. In addition, it’s been said that raking when the leaves are dry helps save time and makes the leaves less heavy.
Another solution to remove leaves is to mow over the leaves to break them into small pieces. This will help evenly distribute the leaves over the grass and make sure the grass is not covered by too many leaves.
Once you’ve removed the leaves on your grass, it’s important that you continue to mow your lawn before the ground freezes. Sunlight and rain are greatly reduced in fall which means it takes longer for nutrients in the top of the grass blades to travel down to the roots. Additionally, long grass can clump and become home to fungi and snow mold in the winter. For this reason, set your lawn mower blades to a low level and cut your grass shorter than in the summer to about 2 ½ inches. Be sure not to cut it lower than that or the roots of your grass will become too short and not be able to withstand the winter cold.
During the winter season one common problem house owners face is getting the essential resources into their grass. Soil aeration creates small holes in your grass that allow for better penetration of water, vitamins, and most importantly air. Aeration is important for the winter because the ground can’t retain water and other nutrients like it can in the warmer months.
Tip: If you have a yard that is constantly being played on by dogs or kids or if your house was recently just built, soil aeration is especially important this upcoming winter.
Mulching is an important step when preparing for the cold days ahead. Mulching will effectively help guard your precious plants during the cold temperatures and heavier winds. To effectively use mulch, spread it evenly around shrubs as well as the base of your trees.
It’s recommended winter mulch is laid down right after the first hard freeze of the season to keep the ground frozen. The main mission of winter mulching is to keep the ground completely frozen and in return keep the plants in a dormitory winter sleep. This will make sure the plants don’t try beginning to grow on those warmer winter days, which will ultimately injure the plant.
To ensure your outdoor landscape is properly prepared for winter, rely on the experts at Aspen Valley. Aspen valley can help provide the products to help your yard survive the cold winters and better yet looking great when spring comes around.