Winter is upon us. We will all be spending more time indoors, but this does not mean that the yard work ceases. There are all sorts of winter landscaping chores that will keep you active throughout the cold months and improve the quality of your property.
Prep Your Lawn at Winter’s Beginning
Take a look at your property’s grass in the fall and you’ll notice that its growth has slowed. Grass does not stop growing during this time of the year. Its roots are actually growing deeply downward in anticipation of the brutal winter. Be sure to reseed and fertilize your lawn toward the end of fall to give the lawn a jolt before the cold temperatures hit.
Prune the Shrubs and Hedges
Those who put in the time and effort to prune after the leaves turn will enjoy healthy growth once winter ends. Prune the shrubs that bloom in the spring after flowering, and prune ones that bloom in the summer after the leaves turn in the fall. Take care to cut at least ¼ inch out from the branch. Then wrap the shrubs with burlap to prevent frost damage. Consider laying some mulch at the base of plants to add insulation for the cold temperatures.
Prep Landscape Fixtures
Plant-life and all other objects along your home’s landscape should be prepped for winter’s wrath. Eliminate all potential water sources from your home’s concrete and brick patios/walkways. Get rid of any debris you spot as well to decrease the odds of winter damage. If any area of the home accumulated ice or water last winter, be proactive to prevent the same from occurring again this year. Devise a drainage solution, such as installing a gutter or implementing a gravel channel to carry water away from the home.
Winterize the Swimming Pool
Those who own swimming pools should reach out to a professional pool cleaner to help winterize it. Be sure to drain all of the water out in anticipation of the winter. Keep the pool covered throughout the winter so leaves, debris, animals and wayward kids do not find their way in. Choose the strongest possible cover that will withstand the weight of a heavy animal such as a deer or a lost dog.