Winters may be fierce on your landscape, or they can be pretty low maintenance, depending on where you reside. However, if you live in a region where the winters are icy, rainy, or snowy, there are a few tips that can help you keep your property looking lovely all winter long while also giving you a jump start for next spring.
A 1.5-2 inch thick layer of mulch will keep the roots of your perennials warm and secure all winter, ensuring that they blossom again in the spring—mulch on a day when the ground is damp, such as the day after heavy rain. Mulch on top will keep the moisture in for the winter.
Furthermore, mulch around trees, plants, and bushes can provide additional winter protection. Mulching helps to prevent erosion and water loss.
It’s critical not to leave debris or leaves on your lawn throughout the winter. This can suffocate the grass, cause infections, and attract flies, mice, and other harmful pests. Clear your yard complete with a blower after mowing your grass one more time in the fall. Long-term snow accumulation on grass can harm it, and snow heaps can deprive neighboring plants of oxygen. It’s also a good idea to clear snow from vulnerable growth areas like flower beds as soon as possible.
Get Your Plants Ready For Spring
If perennials are cared for until the ground freezes, plants will have the best chance of blossoming early and often in the spring. Keep watering plants until the temperature reaches 40°F, and then water again if the temperature climbs, even for just a few days. Fertilizing your yard before the first freeze helps promote the healthy growth of new in the spring and saves you time.
Prune And Trim
Cut back overgrown bushes, remove broken tree limbs, perennial trim hedges, and cut decorative grasses in the winter. If you prune your shrubs and hedges now, they will leaf out faster in the spring. Insect and disease infestations are more likely on tree limbs injured by winter weather such as ice storms, but careful care can help trees heal themselves. It’s best to use a pruning saw. Brush the snow off weighted-down branches rather than shaking it off to help minimize tree damage in the winter. Cut perennial grasses to the ground. Hedge trimmers can make this work easier for homeowners.
Warm Up Your Water Systems.
Getting rid of the water before the cold season rolls in, whether it’s a simple garden hose or a complicated sprinkler system, will help you prevent a plethora of issues. Spigots and water sources should be turned off, and hoses should be emptied and coiled to avoid freezing and mildew. If your sprinkler system is integrated, you may need to clean it using compressed air, either by yourself or with the assistance of a professional.
If you value your landscape and outdoor living area, a Landscaping company can assist you with caring for them over the winter months so that you may enjoy them in the spring. They can handle everything from design to installation to seasonal maintenance.