Is Winter a Good Time to Complete Yard Projects?

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Is Winter a Good Time to Complete Yard Projects? | The Experienced Gardener

Projects in the yard typically get done in the springtime. There are a number of reasons for this. The weather is usually much nicer so people want to be outside. In addition, the spring is when everything seems to come alive again and inspires homeowners to get to work on the yard and garden. If you are looking to get a head start on your spring yard projects, there are several you can do during the winter. Instead of leaving your cleaning to the spring, you can do a little winter cleaning in your yard. You can also give some attention to the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs. Finally, you can start making a plan for your spring yard and garden.

Winter cleaning

The fall and winter can leave you with debris all over your yard. Leaves are one of the main culprits along with broken branches and dead plants. You know that all of these things are going to have to be cleaned before you start mowing again in the spring. You can get a head start on this project during the winter. You may find that leaves require an extended period of cleanup, but branches and dead plant material will not require the same effort. If you have other things in your yard that you want to get rid of this is the ideal time. Broken toys, the chair your dog used as a chew toy and any other unused or unfixable thing in your yard is fair game during winter cleaning. Dealing with these things now will leave you in a much better place once spring arrives.

Trees and shrubs

You can work on the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs during the winter. You can get systemic injections for your trees and give them a boost of nutrients. Winter is also a good time to trim back your trees and shrubs. They are in a dormant phase which allows you to cut them back without interrupting their growth. Tree and shrub overgrowth can cause serious problems in your yard. You can prevent this issue with a yard project during the winter.

Plan for the spring

After you finish all of your winter yard projects, you probably still have a list of projects you want to complete in the spring. Winter is a great time to start planning for spring projects. One of the most important aspects of getting the yard you want is timing. When should you aerate? Fertilize? Plant grass seed? Start a garden? All of these projects, and others, will be much more likely to thrive if you pay attention to timing. For example, if you plant fruits or vegetables at the wrong time you could end up with a dead garden or sparse harvest. But, if you get the timing right, you could end up with fresh veggies running out your ears. A little planning during the winter can help you learn about the appropriate timing for all the projects on your list.

You do not have to wait until the spring to get started on your yard projects. Put on your warmest coat and get out in the yard this winter. When the spring finally comes you will be glad you were proactive with your list of projects during the winter. 

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