The winter months can cause problems for your yard if you are not proactive with how you care for it. You can prepare your lawn for the winter months as fall ends and winter moves in. Even if you are already in the middle of winter, there are things you can do to help your lawn withstand the threats that come along with the colder weather. Ultimately, the biggest threat to your lawn this winter is neglect. It is easy to put the wellbeing of your lawn out of your mind when your grass is dormant and the trees are bare. However, it is a big mistake to completely ignore your lawn. Three proactive tasks completed at the end of fall or beginning of winter can make a big difference in how well your lawn stands up to the harsh weather in the winter months.
Clean it up
There is a lot of debris that can build up on your lawn through the fall and early winter. Leaves fall from the trees and many plants succumb to the cold snaps that happen as fall moves toward winter. The debris of leaves and dead plants can pile up quickly in your lawn. In order to prepare your lawn for the winter – and ultimately a healthy spring – you need to deal with any debris that has accumulated on your lawn. Dead plant debris can potentially spread disease. And, leaves can block your grass from receiving nutrition and provide harborage for pests. At the end of fall or beginning of winter you will see the last of the leaves fall which makes it a great time for a final clean-up session in your yard.
Check for problem areas
Take a walk around your yard at the beginning of winter to check for problem areas. You may find evidence of burrowing pest activity during your inspection. Other issues to look out for are standing water, improper drainage, and patches of grass that appear to be diseased. During your inspection you can also look at the condition of your shrubs and trees. Putting your eyes on all of these elements (and others) can help you find and address problems with your lawn and garden before they get out of control. For example, discovering a problem with one of your trees early on – such as disease or pests – can make the difference between being able to treat the problem or completely losing the tree.
Start planning for the spring
Planning for the spring – as you prepare for the winter – can impact the decisions you make about how you prep your yard. For example, if you know that you are going to overhaul your flowerbeds in the spring, you can do a complete cleanout of them as you are removing other debris around your yard. Your plan for the spring is to start with a blank slate in your flowerbeds so go ahead and create that blank slate as you prepare for the winter. Developing a plan for the spring now will allow you make decisions that will help you have the yard you want once spring arrives.
The winter months may seem like a ‘dead’ time when it comes to caring for your lawn, but they are not. You can take a number of proactive steps to protect your lawn through the winter months so it will look great in the spring. If you need help with any of your lawncare needs this winter – give the pros at The Experienced Gardener a call.