In order for your yard to survive the harsh winter season, there are certain steps you need to follow to ensure that your landscape is not only ready for the cold, but also that it will return strong and in good condition once spring arrives.
The first step is to apply winter lawn fertilizer while your grass is still visible to provide it with one last feeding before winter sets in. A good winter lawn fertilizer should include high nitrogen levels, low levels of phosphorous and high levels of potassium. Your lawn will be hungry and ready to absorb many nutrients and minerals, it can before winter arrives and applying the right fertilizer will ensure that your grass stores enough energy to survive the winter and move right into spring.
Keep mowing your lawn for as long as you can ensure more sunlight reaches the top of your grass. Don’t stop mowing and watering your lawn until you have to and even a light dusting of snow should not prevent you from giving your lawn a final cut or even two. When your grass becomes buried under a thick blanket of snow, you will no longer be able to continue mowing it, so keep on doing it for as long as you can.
A big part of winter preparation is cleaning out your gutters and eavestroughs and while it’s not a fun task, it is very important to do. During the winter season, your gutters can experience heavy ice weighing down on them, pipes bursting due to freezing temperatures and clogged or frozen debris that can get stuck, which is why you must clean them out to prevent these things from happening. Remove any animal nests, gunk, piles of wet leaves and take care of any holes or drooping areas that you see so that water is directed as far away from your home as possible, instead of the other way around.
Be sure to pull out any stubborn weeds because even though you don’t see them in the winter, they are still there. They pop up during the spring and summer and unless you pull them out, the seeds will still be there waiting to sprout, so don’t make the mistake of thinking they die. No matter how many times you have to do this, it’s important that you get down and pull them out by the root.
These are only a few of the tasks you must complete in order to prepare your landscape for the winter but the list does not necessarily end here. Completing all the steps on time can be challenging, but Spicer Landscaping can help you get it done! If you’re located in Burlington, Ontario, and want a professional to take care of your landscaping needs for you, give them a call today.