Tips for Winter Lawn Care and Landscape Maintenance

winter lawn care tipsWinter 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 provides 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.

Part of winter lawn care means cutting down on people walking across your grass. Your lawn will have a hard time recovering in the spring if you cut a path across it. Keep your sidewalks/pathways clear so people won’t be tempted to walk on your grass and try to keep visitors from parking on your lawn.

6. Snow removal

If you have any branches you think might be susceptible to heavy snow loads, tie them together. Remove snow from low branches by brushing it off rather than shaking limbs, as shaking can cause branches to break.

Damaged trees are more susceptible to disease, so remove any limbs that you think might break during a heavy snow or ice storm.

7. Not too much salt

Rock salt and other ice melt products can damage plants and trees and lawn by pulling water away from the roots. Flush out your soil to get rid of salt, try to avoid piling salt-filled snow onto your lawn when you shovel and look for deicers made with calcium chloride, which are less harmful than sodium chloride based ice melts.

Whether you need winter lawn care or need some guidance helping your plants recover from the cold weather months, Realty Landscaping can help.

Our residential landscape services include soil enrichment, mulching, turn and plant care, watering service and seasonal decoration, with a team of committed professionals who can keep your lawn healthy no matter the season.

And if you own a business and need commercial snow removal service, we can help with that too. Contact us today to learn more.

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