Every season comes with its pros and cons, and one being the harsh winter on an unprepared yard. Before you know it, the freezing temperature and snow are already here hitting your yard – very hard. However, you do not have to be bothered as long as you can get your landscape prepared for the impending winter, and save yourself from the post-winter stress. To prepare your lawn for Winter, all you need to do is to consider the following Fall Landscaping tips to Winter Lawn Care.
Contrary to the general belief that mulching is a spring task, it is a practical way of protecting your landscape against the harshness of the winter. It is more advisable to perform fall mulching than the spring mulching as it gives a protective layer against frost and helps keep moistures during the dry winter days. All it takes is to place a few piles of fresh mulch around the vicinity of your trees and shrubbery. For garden centers and local homes, a neat shredded mulch will do the trick. However, endeavor to take no mulches from free community piles as they often hold leaf spot disease and pink bark borers.
It is the right time to clear off dead garden from your yards. Endeavor to remove lifeless perennials, annuals, and grasses. Make sure you do not overdo the process, just lightly cut the dead branches and scrap off lifeless blossoms. Do keep the stalks – including those that appears dead – as they will serve as the progenitors of new buds come spring.
It is advisable to get some burlaps from the nearest local stores and wrap your shrubs gently. This approach will save your landscaping from ice, winds, and the heavy snows which can wipe out your shrubs or make them crack. Otherwise, they are likely to become unhealthy and deformed during the spring. It is recommended to place small plants beneath a turned bucket or pot, and surround the young trees with shredded leaves. This helps to keep them from the cold, particularly the vulnerable ones.
The best way to have a pleasant looking lawn during the spring is by ventilating the greens. Otherwise, you will lose them to death and decay. You ventilate by breaking up the compact, dry soils to allow water and nutrients to enter the ground. Then, endeavor to sow by spreading seed all over the lawn including the empty spaces. This is an order to reduce the risk of diseases. Also, the use of fertilizer is a good idea. To manage weeds such as thistles and dandelions now is better than later in the summer.
Once you notice you have perennials, and the temperature is below freezing point, endeavor to prune them to as short as a few inches above the ground. Afterward, support with hays, mulch or pine needles to save the perennials from the harsh winter.
Ensure your yard is neat. Rake out the leaves, handpick the pine cones and sticks, amend garden accessories and resupply ornaments.