The temptation to ignore your yard during the colder months can be difficult to overcome. You may feel like you deserve a break after working out in the yard all spring and summer to keep it mowed and looking nice. The grass is dormant during the winter so what could you possibly need to do to your yard? The reality is that there are some important reasons you shouldn’t ignore your yard during the colder months. Damage can occur, tasks can build up, and opportunities can be missed if you fail to be proactive with your yard.
Damage can occur
There are some very real threats to your yard during the colder months. If you fail to notice the signs of damage and intervene you could end up with a lot of dead grass in the spring. Rodents, such as voles, are active during the colder months. These pests spend their time underground and can wreak havoc on the root systems of your grass. Ignoring the presence of these pests will only allow them to do more extensive damage.
Tasks can build up
There will be plenty to do in your yard in the spring as the grass (and weeds) start to grow quickly again. The colder months are a great time to get a head start on some of the tasks you typically reserve for the spring. For example, dealing with all of the debris from the falling leaves and dying plants is essential before you can get your yard looking good in the spring. Addressing this task in the winter can minimize the amount of clean up you have in the spring. Ultimately, you will be able to get your beautiful spring garden started much more quickly if you do a few yard chores during the winter.
Opportunities will be missed
Believe it or not, there are some things you can do in your yard that are best completed in the colder months. Trimming your trees and shrubs is one of those tasks. When the trees and shrubs are in dormancy you can trim them without disrupting the growing cycle. There are also a number of vegetables that you can plant during the winter. In California, winter is a great time to plant salad greens, radishes, carrots, and onions among others. Appropriate timing makes a huge difference when it comes to getting the harvest you’re hoping for.
You can shorten your to-do list for the yard during the winter but do not throw it out altogether. There are a number of opportunities to lighten your load for the spring and make progress toward your yard-related goals in the colder months.