Winter is officially here and there’s nothing you’d rather do for the next few months than hibernate. Sit by the fire – or maybe the space heater – watch football or maybe read your favorite book.
We’d like to tell you to just take the winter off when it comes to landscape maintenance, but sadly, there’s work that’s got to be done now to make things easier on yourself in the spring.
Here are a few winter lawn care tips for ensuring green grass and healthy plants next year.
1. Clear up your yard
A big part of winter lawn care involves just keeping your lawn clear. If you haven’t already, rake the leaves from your lawn and remove any debris, tools, toys, etc. Leaving a pile of leaves – or one of your kids’ toys – sitting around all winter is a good way to kill the grass underneath, or at the very least prevent new growth.
2. Put down some mulch
Adding a layer of mulch around the plants, trees, and shrubs provide your landscape with some added winter protection, helping to control erosion and water loss. Putting down about two inches of mulch can help maintain a uniform temperature in the soil around these plants’ roots.
If you don’t have too many leaves on the lawn, you can use your mower to mulch what’s there, giving your grass a nice source of nutrients.
3. Protect your young trees
Wrapping wire mesh around the base of young trees will prevent roaming animals from gnawing on the bark during winter.
4. Prune your plants
Late winter is a good time to prune your plants. When you prune plants, you’ve essentially opened a wound that needs to heal. By pruning just before spring growth begins, you’re reducing stress on the plant and making it easier for it to heal.
5. Make your lawn off-limits
You might take pains to minimize foot traffic on your lawn during the summer when everything is nice and green. But when winter comes, it’s often easier to cut across the grass than use the sidewalk.