29 Nov Easy Winter Landscaping Tips
The late fall and early winter months may not seem like an active time for your yard, but this is an ideal time to prepare your lawn for next year’s growing season. Here are some easy tips you can do to promote a healthy landscape during winter.
Trim Your Shrubs, Hedges, and Trees
The dormant months are ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants. The vast majority of shrubs and hedges can be pruned during this time. If you’re thinking about pruning your trees, now is also a great time to prune both evergreen and deciduous trees.
To properly prune your trees, inspect the tree thoroughly and cut back only failing or decayed branches. Unless you are absolutely confident in your tree pruning capabilities, we recommend consulting a reliable, insured tree removal service. Have them remove any dead trees or high branches prior to winter. Winter storms can bring high winds and heavy snow, which can turn dead limbs into falling hazards.
Remove Leaves and Debris
Leaf and snow covered sidewalks can make a perfectly nice home look sloppy and poorly maintained. Use a leaf blower to keep leaves, branches, and outdoor dirt off the walkways, and do your best to keep the yard clear of leaves, too. If it’s snowy, keep the deck shoveled and salted so buyers can walk outside to experience the space.
Prep Planting Beds for Mulch
As spring approaches, get a head start on your planting beds in four easy steps. First, prune all shrubs, trees and perennials in your planting beds. Then, remove all leaves and other debris. After your beds are clear, define the edges of the planting beds by first hard edging, followed by a perimeter pass with a lawn mower along the edge, followed by line trimming for a clean, crisp finish. Finally, install your bulbs for spring. For ideal results, the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed.
Spread and Contour Mulch
Mulch your planting beds at a depth of 1.5 – 2 inches. Mulch is not only aesthetic but also acts as a shield against harsh winter weather. Having over 1.5 inches of mulch keeps the roots of your plants warm and protected. As you mulch, be certain not to cover the trunk of any shrub or tree trunks. Mulch holds moisture and can cause trunk and root rot if it is spread too heavily around the base of plantings. For a finished look, contour the mulch by patting it down and compacting it with the back of a pitchfork or rake.
Winter Care for your Landscape, Residence, and Equipment
In late fall, mow your lawn one last time to prevent matting under winter snow. When winter does arrive, avoid walking on your frozen lawn as it causes bare spots that will not disappear until the grass comes out of winter dormancy.
Make sure that all your water systems are properly winterized, including irrigation systems. Make certain all water spigots are turned off and covered.
It is also important to winterize your tools. Empty any gasoline remaining in your mower and other equipment engines and in fuel lines.
Prepare your home for winter by cleaning out the gutters and downspouts once the leaves from the trees have all fallen.
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