10 Tips to Prepare Your Yard for Cold Weather
With the colder weather on its way, some people may believe they’ll have one less chore on their to-do list: yard maintenance. They are mistaken. In fact, it’s still very important to care for the outside of your home when the temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall. Do the maintenance now and you’ll be preparing yourself for an easier time when the snow melts.
I admit that we’ve let our lawn and yard maintenance slide in the past once September/October rolls around. We stopped mowing our lawn and figured why bother if it was soon to be covered in snow anyways. Then, we’d wonder why in the spring our lawn needed some major TLC and we’d have to work extra hard to bring it back to optimum health.
Take the extra steps now and save yourself the hassle in the spring. I’m sharing tips to prepare your yard for cold weather. Put them into action to ensure your yard is ready for the nasty weather to come.
1. Keep mowing. This is one of the first chores people think they can stop doing once fall rolls around. I’m here to say don’t do it! Continue to mow your lawn regularly until you notice it has stopped growing. Tall grass will encourage rodents to make their home in your yard in the winter months and trust me, you don’t want that!
2. Don’t cut your lawn too short. The grass length recommended is between 2 1/2 to 3 inches in height. If you cut your grass too short, your lawn will be exposed to the cold, damaging winter winds that can reach all the way to the roots. You don’t want to have dead patches of lawn in the spring time.
3. Cut your grass one last time after it stops growing. This step will help to limit your chances of developing snow mould over the winter. It tends to occur when the grass is too long and which tends to occur in longer grass in extended humid and wet conditions.
4. Water your lawn. Early fall can bring dry conditions so it’s important to not forget to give your lawn the hydration it needs to make it through the winter months. The lawn may look brown in colour, but remember that new roots will continue to grow underneath the surface throughout the fall months.
5. Don’t forget to fertilize. It offers many positive benefits to the health of your lawn. For example, it helps damaged areas to recover quickly in the spring, provides essential nutrients to make it through the winter and will help your lawn recover faster from a cold winter. Fall is the best to fertilize your lawn so you can reap the benefits next year. If you don’t want to do it yourself, I recommend calling in the professionals. TruGreen offers fertilization in their lawn care plans.
6. Rake your lawn. Removing the dead leaves strewn across your yard will not only make it look nicer, but also ensure your lawn isn’t smothered and has access to sunlight. Raking also removes thatch, a layer of dead plant material found between the grass and soil, that can limit the amount of water and nutrients your grass receives.
7. Mulch your leaves. If you own a mulching mower, you can easily do this with your dry leaves. It means you won’t have to rake and will also put back nutrients into your soil.
8. Clean up your yard. Pick up summer toys, branches, patio furniture or anything large that is sitting on your lawn. This is a great chore for the kids to help you with it! You don’t want to let the grass die underneath it and be left with a dead patch to deal with in the spring.
9. Care for your evergreens. Water them before the ground freezes to ensure they have enough moisture to make it through the dry winter. Also, consider covering them to protect them from wind and snow.
10. Call in the professionals. If developing a lawn care plan isn’t your forte or you just don’t have the time or desire, I recommend hiring a professional lawn care service. TruGreen provides lawn care, tree and shrub care, lawn programs and tree and shrub programs. They also have natural and organic services available. Call today to request a quote and you’ll receive 10% off a tailored lawn plan. They’ll evaluate your lawn and tell you exactly what it needs and when it needs it. For me, that means peace of mind and one less thing to worry about!
Check out this infographic from TruGreen with more tips on preparing your yard for winter.
What do you do to get your yard ready for the cold weather?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruGreen,ca. The opinions and text are all mine.