When you think about typical yard maintenance tasks in the winter, vegetation control may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Since the majority of plants go dormant during the winter, vegetation control may seem like more of a spring and summertime task. But, the reality is that there are several things you can do for vegetation control in the winter to prepare for the spring. On the surface, your yard may not look like much is going on during the winter. Under the surface, however, there is plenty going on that will impact your spring yard. Starting in the winter with vegetation control can help prevent weeds and improve healthy growth of your grass and other plants. Some of the vegetation control options you have in the winter include removal of unwanted vegetation, pruning, and chemical weed control.
Removal of unwanted vegetation
Getting rid of unwanted vegetation during the winter is a key part of preventing weeds in the spring. Weeds can continue to do damage to your lawn even after they appear to have died off. If you have dead weeds around your yard they can spread seeds that can lay in your yard all winter and pop up in the spring. In order to prevent this from happening you need to take some time this winter to remove the unwanted vegetation in your yard.
Winter is a good time to prune back many types of vegetation. When vegetation is in a dormant stage you can typically prune it back without causing damage. The most important thing to do if you need to prune some of the vegetation on your property is to learn about that particular type of plant. Do a little research to make sure that winter is the optimal time to prune the plants you have. Pruning is an important part of vegetation control because it can encourage new growth in the spring.
Chemical weed control
It can be very difficult to make sure that you remove each and every weed and seed from your lawn in the winter. Even if you are diligent about getting all the dead weeds out of your yard there may already be seeds lying around ready to turn into weeds in the spring. One way to protect your yard against that possibility is to have chemical weed control done for your yard in the winter. The point of doing this is to stop the germination and growth of any weeds or other unwanted vegetation in your yard. This will help minimize unwanted vegetation in your yard so there is room for healthy growth in your spring lawn.
You have a number of options for vegetation control in the winter. Since most types of vegetation do not produce new growth in the winter, you can do these tasks once during the winter months and have a long lasting positive impact on your spring lawn.