Here are some things that you can do to ensure that your lawn is even more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing once the snow thaws. Let’s jump right in!
Clear any and all debris
Make sure you clear your lawn of debris like leaves. Leaving them on your turf can suffocate it at worst – but at least leave it open to providing a breeding ground for pests and infections. Aesthetically, grass will struggle to bounce back if it’s been pinned down by a pile of leaves or an errant log all season long. This will create unattractive and potentially harmful dead spots all over your landscape.
So remember – as soon as you can – clear all the debris off your lawn that you can.
Cut your grass short before the winter
A good rule of thumb to follow is to cut your grass progressively shorter each time you mow over the summer and fall months. It should be at its shortest by the time winter hits. While leaving it longer seems like a good idea on its face, it’s not. Longer grass can often become home to pests, funguses and even small animals like mice, who’ll build nests under the protection of the grass.
Like other debris, longer grass can create a whole host of problems and significant dead spots in your turf. Be sure to keep your grass shorter!
A little fertilizer goes a long way
Fertilizer helps replenish nutrients in the winter that your grass lost in the summer months. Do things right – and your lawn will be fed all winter. Once you hit the spring, the fertilizer will still be in the soil and feeding the roots of your grass. The result? A fast-growing, full, lush, healthy lawn!
Other odds and ends
There are a few other things you can do to care for your lawn in the winter. Spraying for grubs in the fall will get out ahead of them in the winter and prevent them from feasting on your grass in the winter. Removing moss is also important. Moss usually covers shaded areas where grass experiences challenges. Getting rid of the moss will give your shaded grass the best possible chance of bouncing back in the spring.
Getting on these things in the late fall is recommended, but when you’re experiencing a lack of snowfall such as we are this year – it’s not too late! If you would like us to help you put a plan together to take care of your lawn over the winter, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck and stay warm!
Cold enough yet?
It’s officially winter in New England and while the temperatures haven’t reached their worst quite yet – your plants are already beginning to feel the effects! Those wet leaves you left on the lawn are smothering your turf. Shrubs begin to buckle under the weight of hefty snow piles. You name it – your plants are having a rough go of it!
So what are some keys to maintaining them in the winter? What techniques exist that will help give them the best chance of rebounding quickly in the Spring? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss today: Keys to maintaining plants during the winter.
Let’s jump right in!
Protect your plants from salt
Be mindful of how liberally you apply salt and ice melt products as they can burn your plants. In the event you see excess salt on your grass or in bushes – do what you need to do in order to brush it off or get rid of it. More importantly – be mindful of where you’re spreading it and keep it where it’s meant to be kept – on the pavement.
Get your leaves off your lawn!
If you mulch leaves down into glorious, nutritious detritus – great. If you’d prefer to rake them – great. Just be sure that whatever it is you choose – that you get those leaves off your turf as soon as possible. Your lawn needs air to breathe and leaving a soggy mess of dying leaves on your lawn all winter will suffocate your grass. Even worse – it is a virtual incubator for pests and diseases.
We’ve discussed this in past blogs – but winter time is prime pruning season. You’ll be able to see your trees’ canopies and problem spots will be easier to reach now that the leaves are gone. Even more importantly – your tree will heal quicker – leaving it well prepared for the blooming season when insects and pests come out of hibernation.
Add some mulch
Everyone loves that fresh coat of mulch in the Spring, but it’s even more important in the fall. Mulch can help a tree maintain moisture in the winter but just as vital – it helps maintain the temperature level which is really important to a tree’s overall growth and development.
Don’t let winter get the best of your landscape! Give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation on what you’ll need to do to get your grass growing again in the Spring!