How To Prepare Your Landscape For The Upcoming Winter Season

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If the proper planning does not take place, winter weather can cause serious problems for your landscape. Make sure that your landscape remains in good health and protect that investment by following the below tips that will help ensure that your property is ready for the winter season and able to bounce back once warmer weather arrives in the spring.

#1: Aerate

Aerating your lawn will ensure that oxygen, water, and fertilizer gets to the roots easier deep within the ground. When aeration is done in combination with fertilization, your lawn is given the fundamentals it needs to survive the winter season.

#2: Fertilize

This is key in ensuring your lawn is ready for the colder weather. Fertilizing in the mid- to late-fall will ensure that your lawn enters the colder weather with plenty of nutrients. The root growth that will result from this will help ensure that your grass is ready survive the winter season and have a healthy start to the upcoming spring season.

#3: Rake Leaves

It’s crucial to consistently remove any leaves that have fallen on your lawn up until the beginning of winter. When leaves are left untouched on the lawn, the grass beneath them will not receive the sunlight it needs to resist disease and remain healthy.

#4: Clean Up

Fall is one of the best times of year to remove dying or dead foliage and annuals from your property. Taking the time and effort to remove these plants and debris from the property will minimize the overall risk of disease and inspects from spreading to your healthy plants. This method—out with the old and in with the new—helps to ensure your property looks clean and fresh throughout the entire season.

#5: Lay Mulch

By adding a layer of mulch, pine straw, or something similar to the landscape before winter arrives, you can potentially protect your shrubs, plants, and trees from the harsh weather during the winter. Mulch serves as a barrier and works to maintain the temperature of the beds throughout the wintertime, actively protecting the roots of the plants from frost and helping them to retain much-needed moisture.

#6: Winterize the Irrigation System

You can save yourself the risk of expensive repairs in the spring if you take the time in the fall to have your irrigation system winterized by a professional. A trained professional will go through a pre-winter checklist to make certain that your irrigation system is ready to handle the colder temperatures that winter brings.

#7: Prepare for Snow

When snow arrives, you will want to be prepared. Build a working relationship with a snow and ice removal company in your area before the winter season arrives to ensure that you have someone you can count on when the time arrives. This type of planning will provide you with the much-needed peace of mind that your property will be maintained during the wintertime.

Does your landscape need to be prepared for the winter season? If so, give us a call today at Earthscapes.