How Can I Improve My Landscape During the Cold Season?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Can I Improve My Landscape During the Cold Season? | The Experienced Gardener

Boy, it sure got cold here in California in a hurry, didn’t it? After experiencing another sweltering summer, our climate seemed to jump directly into winter. We went from record highs in October to record lows in December, and we’re not even through with winter yet! 

So this is obviously an excellent time for bundling up and staying indoors, which means you’re probably not paying much attention to your landscape right now. But it’s actually a great opportunity to prepare your yard for the next year.

  • Fertilize Now

Fertilizer is almost never a bad idea, and it actually provides considerable benefits during the winter. The high summer temperatures will sap your lawn of many nutrients, so adding some fertilizer now will help it recover during these cold months. 

  • Mow the Lawn Short Before the Cold Sets In 

It might be a little cold for a mowing now, since your grass is weakened due to the weather. However, in the future it’s always smart to cut the grass short before the cold temperatures settle in. Leaving grass tall will make it an attractive hiding spot for rodents, who will burrow underneath the grass for warmth. Additionally, mice have been known to tear up lawns in an effort to gather materials for a nest.

  • Keep the Lawn Clear of Debris

Whether it’s your kid’s scooter that’s been sitting on the backyard lawn for a week or a pile of dead branches in the front yard, debris is always a bad thing. During the winter, you’re more likely to leave these things lying around: after all, it’s so cold and nobody is playing on the grass anyway, right?

But because your grass is more vulnerable during this time, those items can end up harming the lawn long-term. The weight of the item will weaken the grass, causing it to develop “dead spots” that will have thinner grass in the summer.

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