The last few weeks we’ve noticed people outside preparing their yards before winter comes. It brings up a good point for overall home maintenance: the importance of winterizing your yards. In our area, a few key pointers protect lawns and gardens for an easier start in spring.
It is important to rake leaves and excess debris off the grass. This allows the grass to receive any fall sunlight, as well as minimizes the “competition” for nutrients. Fall is also the best time to fertilize a lawn, and most experts recommend a winterizer fertilizer. Generally, aerating a lawn helps prior to fertilizing. Check the type of your lawn to ensure these tips apply to the grass type at your home.
In gardens, clean off the dead leaves and blackened stems to avoid insect eggs or any pathogens throughout the winter. Also apply a new layer of mulch to protect the perennials. Mulch aids temperature consistency, which protects the plants. Generally, use about 3-5 inches of mulch, and aim to have a material that will not compact, like pine needles or straw.
Also remember that snow can damage trees, so it is always helpful to remove it off of the smaller trees/lower branches. Many people also protect evergreens and other trees with protections or shelters. If we have a dry winter, you may consider watering at least once per month to aid plant moisture.
Check out the below links for further tips. The preservation of our lawns now makes an easier start to spring gardening!