What Can I Do for My Yard in the Winter?

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What Can I Do for My Yard in the Winter | The Experienced Gardener

The wintertime is a busy time for most people. There are lots of things to get done to prepare for the holidays and the New Year. Just about every area of life seems to have a few extra demands in this season. Thankfully, there is at least one area that slows down a bit in the winter and that is lawn care. Most types of grass and weeds go into dormancy during the winter and give you a break from constantly needing to mow. A break from mowing is likely welcomed but you may still want to get some things done in your yard during the winter. After all, the more proactive you are during the colder months the less work you will have to do in the spring to get your yard where you want it. Below are four things you can do for your yard this winter.

Keep an eye out for pests

There are a number of pests that can cause damage to your yard throughout the year. During the colder months the biggest threat to the wellbeing of your yard is rodents such as voles. These rodents are small but they have the potential to do a significant amount of damaged if left unchecked. They can destroy the root system of your grass and ultimately kill it. In addition, they can leave you yard with a lot of soft spots that make enjoying it difficult. If you notice signs of rodents in your yard such as mounds of dirt, raised tunnels, or soft spots then take action. The most effective way to deal with these pests is with the help of a professional.

Deal with standing water

A small puddle of standing water in your yard may not seem like a big deal. But, that standing water may be the home to mosquito eggs or larvae just waiting for the weather to warm up so they can torture you and your family. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water and they can stay there all winter long. If you deal with areas of standing water during the winter you could potentially be protecting your yard from a serious mosquito infestation.

Keep debris at bay

Fall and winter are seasons where debris in your yard can become a problem. Falling leaves, dead branches, and other dead plants can easily fill up your yard. Being proactive about clearing debris during the winter can impact the health of your yard in the spring. For example, dead plants sometimes die because they are diseased. Leaving a diseased plant laying in your garden or yard can make all of the vegetation around it susceptible to that disease. Debris in your yard can also become shelter for pests that are trying to survive the winter.

Cut back trees and shrubs

Winter can be a good time to cut back the trees and shrubs in your yard. They are dormant during the winter so you will not be interrupting the growing cycle by trimming them back. In addition, it can be easier to deal with trimming a tree that is not full of leaves. Be careful if you decide to do this chore on your own. If you want help, there are professionals in your area that have the tools and knowledge to cut back your tree and shrubs safely.

The tasks mentioned above do not have to take up every weekend of your winter. The most important thing to do for your yard during the winter is to pay attention. If you notice a potential problem, then address it. Otherwise, relish in the break from mowing and enjoy the holidays.

Getting a healthy yard seems likes a relatively easy process at first. Plants need sunlight and water to thrive so providing those two elements should result in a healthy yard, right? Well, if you have tried to nurse a sick yard back to health then you know it is not that simple. Yards have a number of threats that can prevent them from looking or growing the way you want. Disease, pests, and weeds can all sabotage your efforts to get your yard healthy. A lack of nutrients can also be a barrier to the growth and health of your yard. If you have been struggling to get your yard healthy then it is time to bring in some professional help.

Disease, weeds, and pests

Disease, weeds, and pests can all prevent your yard from growing and being healthy. Disease can kill off large areas of your grass and spread quickly. Weeds can overtake your yard at a record pace and steal the nutrients that your grass needs to thrive. If allowed to continue growing weeds will eventually overtake any healthy grass that you did manage to grow. Pests can eat away at the root systems of your grass and kill it from below. There are other types of pests that like to eat at the blades of grass on the surface. Pests can do widespread damage before you even realize what is causing the issue. If you are dealing with any-or all-of these issues then you may need professional help. Part of properly treating problems in your yard is identifying the cause. Do you know how to tell the difference between grass death caused by disease or pests? A lawn care professional can differentiate between the two and treat it appropriately.

Lack of nutrients

Water and sunlight are important for a healthy yard but they are not the only things your grass needs to grow. Your grass needs nutrients from the soil in order to grow and thrive. Sometimes the soil gets depleted of those nutrients. That is where the process of regularly fertilizing your yard comes into play. Fertilization gives your yard a boost of nutrients that will maximize the health and growth of your grass. Aeration is a process that can be used in conjunction with fertilization to get the nutrients directly to the roots of your grass. Aerating and fertilizing your lawn on a regular schedule can be a cumbersome process when you do not have the time or appropriate equipment. You can get help with this process from a lawn care professional. Regularly providing your yard with additional nutrients will go a long way toward turning it into the yard you want.

Turning an unhealthy yard into a healthy one can be a difficult process.  It is not uncommon for homeowners to need help at some point in the process. A lawn care professional can help you protect your lawn from threats and get it the nutrients it needs so you can get in healthy.  

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