The cooler weather can give busy homeowners a reprieve from the seemingly constant work that comes with an actively growing lawn. For many, this is a welcomed change. It is important to remember, however, that you should still be taking steps to care for your lawn when the weather has cooled. This is because the work you do in the cooler months can make a big difference in the look and health of your lawn in the spring. Three of the tasks you can do on your lawn once the weather has cooled include cleaning up leaves and plant debris, pruning trees and shrubs, and transplanting trees and shrubs.
Clean up leaves and plant debris
One of the most important things you can do for your lawn during the cooler months is to keep it cleared of fallen leaves and plant debris. Allowing fallen leaves to remain on your lawn long-term can lead to problems. They can impede growth in the coming spring if allowed to remain on your lawn. Other types of debris can also cause problems for your lawn. Plant debris in your yard and flowerbeds can lead to disease and infestations that can impact new growth in the spring.
Prune trees and shrubs
The winter months are a good time to prune the trees and shrubs in your yard. Many types of trees and shrubs go dormant during the cooler months. Pruning your trees and shrubs can help them remain healthy. You can remove diseased or dying areas of vegetation. Pruning can also increase new, healthy growth once the plants come out of dormancy. Another reason to prune during the colder months is to shape your trees and shrubs. Once they start growing again you can keep them in shape by trimming away the new growth.
Transplant shrubs and trees
If you have plans to move some of the shrubs or trees in your yard, it is ideal to do it while they are dormant. This gives your plants the best chance of doing well in the new spot come spring. The exact timing will depend on the area where you live and the type of shrub or tree you want to transplant. Take some time to learn about the growing cycle of the vegetation you want to move. If you need more help determining the timing you can call in a landscape professional for help.
You can relax in some your lawn care duties during the colder months but it is not a time to completely ignore your lawn. Cleaning up leaves and debris, pruning trees and shrubs, and transplanting trees and shrubs are all lawn care tasks that you can complete during the cooler months. If you are proactive with your lawn care when the weather has cooled you will be rewarded with a healthier and better looking lawn in the spring.