4 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Winter

By: HomeFirst Certified
November 18, 2013

The arrival of winter is a depressing time for your lawn and garden. The lush grass you’ve cultivated is buried under a layer of snow. The last flowers in your garden are wilting under the weight of unforgiving frost. Indeed, winter is a tough time to be a lawn or garden. But here’s the good news: there are ways you can prepare your yard for winter so it emerges stronger than ever when spring renews.

  1. Don’t put away the hose: Even in winter when grass growth is stagnant, your lawn needs water to survive. Since snow eventually melts into water, a snowy lawn negates the needs to water with a hose. But when there’s no snow in the forecast, get out the hose and feed your thirsty lawn the water it’s craving.
  2. Rake leaves and debris: Leaves block your lawn’s access to sunlight and air, so raking regularly and vigorously is essential. Lawns that aren’t adequately raked are prone to mold and disease. For this reason, avoid leaving objects like lawn chairs and trash bags on your lawn for extended periods of time.
  3. Prune trees and shrubbery: Pruning is the act of cutting or removing branches from shrubs and trees. In general, this should be done before winter, but it really depends on your climate. So before you start chopping away, visit your local home improvement store and see if they advise you to begin pruning.
  4. Aerate your lawn: Aerating is the process of perforating your lawn with tiny holes and pulling out the soil. This allows water, air and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots, creating a stronger and more vibrant lawn. While aerating, be sure to remove any weeds and foreign plants so they don’t affect your lawn when spring arrives.

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