When the temperatures begin to drop, many homeowners let out a sigh of relief that their yard work days are behind them, at least for a little while. However, yard work doesn’t stop at the end of summer, and by investing some time in your yard during the late fall, you can help ensure it comes back full force in the spring. Let’s look at some simple things you can do to help your yard get through the harsh winter.
One important part of getting your yard ready for a long winter is cleaning up any debris sitting on the grass. This can include leaves, fallen branches, and other natural debris. Raking leaves can seem like a pain but once snow begins falling those leaves will begin to degrade and prevent your grass from growing later on. Likewise, any fallen branches can begin to decay in your yard, kill the grass, and begin growing fungi.
Once your yard is cleared of leaves and debris it is time to aerate and overseed your lawn. Aerating helps turn up the soil so that air, water, and fertilizer can get down to the roots easier. Overseeding allows you to add grass seed into any sparse areas as well as add a new type of seed into your yard, which can help ward off disease. Fall is an ideal time to aerate and overseed.
Keeping your grass trimmed in the fall is important, allowing it to overgrow can make it heavier when snow starts to fall. Grass can also be cut shorter in the fall because the temperatures are lower and it is less likely to burn in the sun.
Once your grass is taken care of you can move onto your flower beds. Annuals need to be trimmed according to the care instructions of the given plant. Perennials should be pruned and your flower beds could benefit from some fresh mulch. Taking the time to trim and prune the plants now can help ensure you have big, healthy blooms in the spring.
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Whether you have a small piece of land or several acres of gorgeously landscaped property, your yard can benefit from some winter lawn prep this fall. If you are unsure how to care for your lawn to get it ready for the upcoming winter, or you simply don’t have the time, call us at North American Landscaping and Design today. We are a Columbia, MD landscaping contractor with years of experience and expertise and we’d love to help you get your lawn in great shape for the upcoming winter. Give us a call today to get started!