Winter Prep Landscaping Tips

Image by Olivier Noirhomme, used under the Creative Commons license. It may be cold and grey outside, but that doesn’t mean your landscape has to suffer. Winter landscaping is important if you want to have

Image by Olivier Noirhomme, used under the Creative Commons license.

It may be cold and grey outside, but that doesn’t mean your landscape has to suffer. Winter landscaping is important if you want to have a great looking lawn with healthy plants. In order to keep your landscape protected during the winter months, there are a few things that you can do to take care of your lawn.

Preparing your lawn

While grass may appear to stop growing in the fall, it doesn’t. The roots actually grow deeper in preparation for winter, making it the best time to fertilize and reseed the lawn. It’s also the best time to take care of any bare patches your lawn may have. You should install some sod, which will give you a great looking lawn once spring arrives. To take care of this new sod, keep it moist for the first week after it’s laid. After that, it can be watered as needed. If it’s too dry, it will be difficult for roots to establish.

Prune and prune some more

While it may seem strange to prune shrubs and hedges during the winter, it’s actually quite important in order to encourage healthy growth in the spring. By doing this, it helps to protect the plant from frost. When pruning, it’s best to cut at a slight angle about ¼ inch from the branch, this way the shrub will have room to grow out.

Save some money on tools

Since it’s out of season for most gardeners, winter is the perfect time to upgrade your gardening tools. Gardening essential items like lawn akes, aerators and shovels will all be discounted. The only downside is you’ll have to wait a few months to use them, but a small price to pay when, well, you’re paying a smaller price.

Protect the plants

Losing a plant to frost or snow can be quite disheartening, but you can easily avoid it. For instance, by installing mulch, you help protect the root of the plant from low temperatures. It also helps preserve moisture in soil areas that tend to be dry. Another potential threat to your plants is snow and other melting agents that could damage plant material along walkways and driveways. That’s where protective fencing comes in, which keeps salt from damaging the plant material. You can also use a ground cover, which has the added bonus of keeping away animals trying to nibble on your plants.

Bring stuff indoors

Bringing cold weather susceptible plants inside during the winter isn’t exactly rocket science, but don’t forget about the pots that hold them. Clay pots could potentially break due to freezing and thawing, and that goes for other clay ornaments you may have outside as well. That’s why you should also bring those in, and if they are too large to move, simply cover them with a plastic tarp.

As you can see, gardening doesn’t stop once the weather turns cold. In some cases, it may be even more work! But there’s no better feeling once spring comes and you’ve got a well-manicured garden waiting for you.

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