Winter might not officially arrive until late December, but now is the perfect time to learn ways to get your yard ready for the winter season. Beat the holiday chaos and pay some attention to your lawn now, before the first deep freeze.
Of course, if you don’t have time to do what you need to do to get your lawn ready for cold weather, Rand Hill Lawns, Inc. can help. We’re on call to prepare your yard for winter, so you can focus on turkey, stuffing and holiday togetherness.
What to do to get your lawn ready for cold weather
With a little care and preparation, your lawn will survive the ice and snow—and grow back beautifully in the spring:
- Water and mow regularly: When the weather starts getting colder, grass stops focusing on sending out new leaves. Instead, the plant devotes its energy to establishing and nourishing the root system, which will help it survive the winter. Keep mowing and watering until winter weather fully sets in.
- Fertilize, weed and fill in bare spots: Before the first deep freeze, take the time to weed your lawn, fill in bare spots and fertilize the grass. You can get special lawn “repair” kits at a home improvement store, or trust your local landscapers to get the job done. Doing it now will prime your grass to regrow in spring.
- Take care of your perennials: If you have perennials, now is the time to prune them back, mulch around the base and transplant anything you’ve been wanting to move. Find specific pruning instructions for your plants. If you want to move a bush, tree or shrub, this is a good time to do so. The plant can spend the next three months establishing roots.
- Rake up leaves and plant debris: Take the time to rake up any leaves or debris, which can develop mold—and will become a haven for insects and other critters. If you have a compost bin, add green waste to your bin.
- Remove annuals: Your annuals are probably done for the year. Remove them now, so you don’t have dead plants hanging out all winter long.
- Move potted plants: Next, protect your potted plants by either moving them indoors or insulating the potted plants. A shady spot on the side of the house will protect them from temperature swings. Place them on dirt if possible, and wrap the pot in a blanket to insulate the roots.
- Keep composting: Finally, don’t neglect your compost bin. Not only can you add your raked-up leaves and other plant debris, but you should also remember to turn it periodically throughout the winter.
Now that you know what to do to get your lawn ready for cold weather, you can take action. Whether that’s following these easy yard care tips or calling the team at Rand Hill Lawns, Inc., your yard is sure to look great in the springtime.
For assistance winterizing your lawn, get in touch with the experts at Rand Hill Lawns, Inc. today.