Your lawn and garden are at their most vulnerable during winter. You probably didn’t have to be told this, it makes sense if you think about it. In the colder months, your garden can become brittle and fragile. It’s important to make a switch in how you take care of your yard when this time of the year comes. There are things that you might need to do in the spring and summer to keep your lawn and garden looking their best, that can actually cause harm to them when winter rolls around. Here are some of the things you need to avoid while it’s cold and rainy.
Mowing/Using Your Lawn
During the spring and summer, you probably love taking advantage of your green, lush yard. It’s a great place for a picnic, or to let your kids play while the sun is out. You make sure to cut it at least once a week, to keep the blades at a short, even level. However, during the winter you’ll want to break yourself from these habits. For the most part, leaving your lawn alone in the winter as much as possible is your best bet. Grass is very fragile during cold weather, and mowing it as much as you do in the warmer months can be very damaging to it. Leave it unmowed as much as you possibly can, only trimming a little off the top when you feel it’s out of control. It’s also important to keep off the lawn, since the rain has made the soil below the grass movable, and any added pressure compacts the dirt. This makes it more difficult for the grass to expand its roots and gather nutrients.
Planting New Plants
I probably don’t have to tell you this, but winter is not an ideal time to plant anything new. Plants are most vulnerable when they first start making roots in the soil, so if you’re planting them during the winter, you’re setting them up to fail. If you’re getting the urge for something new in your garden take advantage of this time and use it to plan out what you’ll change in the next year. Do your research about which plants will do well in your area, and in your specific yard. Or better yet, call a professional landscaper to help you design.
You might have gotten into a routine of watering your plants everyday that you have come to look forward to. However, this might be hurting your garden if you’re not careful. Do some research about how much you should be watering your lawn and plants during the rainy season. There’s such a thing as over watering, and it can be hard to avoid if you aren’t aware of the needs of each of your plants, and how to spot the signs.
As much as gardening can be a soothing routine to fall into, it’s important to have two different versions of your routine, one for warm weather and one for cold, in order to keep your yard healthy and strong.