The Best Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Yard for Winter
As the temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your yard for winter. With a little bit of planning and some elbow grease, you can make sure your yard is ready to weather the cold months ahead. Here are some of the best things you can do to get your yard ready for winter.
1. Clean up Leaves and Debris
One of the first things you should do as fall starts winding down is to clean up any leaves and debris that have accumulated in your yard.
Left unchecked, these can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can damage your grass and other plants.
They can also attract pests like rodents and insects, which no one wants around their home. A good way to tackle this task is with a leaf blower or rake.
Just make sure to dispose of the leaves properly so they don’t end up in a landfill.
2. Cut Cack on Watering
As the weather gets cooler and rainfall becomes less frequent, you’ll need to cut back on watering your plants.
Over-watering can lead to root rot, which can kill your plants.
Instead, water them deeply but less often; this will help them develop deeper roots that are more resistant to drought.
You should also make sure to mulch your plants. This will help retain moisture and keep the roots warm.
3. Protect Tender Plants
If you have any tender plants that are susceptible to frost damage, now is the time to take measures to protect them.
This might involve covering them with a tarp or burlap sack, or moving them indoors if possible.
You should also make sure to remove any dead leaves or branches from around the plant so that it doesn’t become damaged by the cold weather.
4. Repair Any Damage
Now is also a good time to repair any damage that has been done to your yard through use over the summer months.
It might be that you want to fertilize your lawn, get some hot tub maintenance ready for next year, and even repair any fencing.
This will mean it’s all taken care of for winter and ready to use again come springtime.
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5. Aerate Your Soil
Aerating your soil helps improve drainage and prevents compaction, which can damage plant roots. It also allows oxygen and water to better penetrate the root zone.
Which helps promote healthier plant growth. You can aerate your soil yourself with a hand tool or garden hose attachment, or you can hire a professional landscaper to do it for you.
Either way, it’s an important task that will help keep your yard looking its best all winter long.
6. Mow Your Lawn One Last Time
Once all the leaves have fallen from the trees, give your lawn one last mow before winter sets in That’s if there’s no snow on the ground.
This will help prevent matting and reduce the chances of disease and fungal growth during the winter months.
Just be sure not set the blade too low; you don’t want to scalp your grass when you mow it! A good rule of thumb is to set the blade at 3 inches for most cool-season grasses like fescue and bluegrass.
Do you have any tips on how to prepare your yard for winter?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.