As winter gets closer, you may be looking forward to having a break from yardwork. The grass will no longer grow at breakneck speed causing you to give up precious time every weekend to mow. Weeds will give your yard a bit of a reprieve as they go dormant for the winter. But, before you pack up all of your lawn tools and supplies there are a few things you need to do to prepare your yard for winter. Prepping your yard now can save you work in the spring and help you end up with a healthier and better looking yard.
- Fertilize the yard one more time
It may seem counterintuitive to fertilize your lawn right before the winter, at a time when your yard is supposed to take a break from actively growing. The reason you want to fertilize your lawn at this time is because it is important to help prepare the roots for winter. However, the type of fertilizer you use will differ from the type you use in other seasons. A fertilizer that is higher in potassium and lower in nitrogen is a good choice for winter fertilization because it will feed the roots without causing new growth.
- Deal with fallen leaves
If you do not do anything about the fallen leaves in your yard it could lead to bare patches. A thick pile of leaves left on one spot can kill off the roots and prevent new growth from coming up in the spring. One way to prevent this is to rake your yard regularly and get rid of the leaves. Another option is to mulch the leaves and spread them back out over the lawn. This is beneficial to your lawn as long as the layer of leaves is not too thick.
- Prepare your plants
If you have potted plants outside that cannot tolerate the winter then bring them inside the house or greenhouse. You can cut back perennial plants and increase the likelihood that they will return once the weather is more temperate. The timing and way that you need to cut back the perennials depends on your area of the country and the type of plant. If you do not know the details about the particular plants you own then take some time to do a little research. Properly cutting them back can make a big difference for the plants in the spring. You can also talk to an expert at a local plant nursery to get information on when and how to cut back the perennials you have in your yard.
These steps of prepping your yard for winter will make things easier for you in the spring. Fertilizing your yard and keeping the leaves in check during the fall will help the root systems of your grass stay strong and intact. In the spring when your grass comes back thick and healthy you will be glad that you spent the extra time and effort on winter preparation.