This winter has been unusually cold and rainy. Anyone who has lived in California for more than a couple of years knows that winter is usually not much different from fall or even spring. This year, however, has turned out to be especially rainy and windy. The extra downfall doesn’t just affect your drive into work, or your weekend plans. It can also have a huge effect on your lawn and garden. During winter, especially colder winters, most plants go dormant. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help your yard make it through the rain, and look it’s very best in the upcoming spring. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we move through the winter.
Keep Off Your Lawn
Grass is especially vulnerable during cold weather. It can become brittle and weak, so things that normally wouldn’t bother it, can actually damage it significantly. Try to stay off of your lawn as much as possible during the cold months. Don’t leave toys, chairs or anything sitting out on the lawn if you can help it. Adding pressure to wet grass can compact the wet soil underneath it, and make it harder for grass to grow.
Check Your Trees
Since they’re sitting out in the rain all day, trees can be susceptible to damaging fungi. Water is great for plants and trees, but unfortunately, it also encourages growth in fungi that can feed off of the nutrients that should be going to your trees. Keep a close watch on your trees for signs of fungi and disease. This includes dying limbs and yellowing leaves. Disease in trees can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Hiring a landscaper comes with the added benefit of an expert eye watching out for these signs, so if you’re considering hiring a professional, add this to your list of pros.
Standing water can be damaging to your home in so many ways. It can attract pests, cause water damage inside or even leaks on your roof. Another problem standing water causes is fungus on your lawn. Again, rain encourages the growth of all types of fungi, so if you notice spots of standing water on your lawn, you’ll definitely need to take care of it. There are several options that can help with this issue. Changing or improving your soil, creating a pond or rain garden, rain barrels or installing a french drain can help. Ask your local landscaping company about the different draining options available, and which would be the most effective for your lawn.