Pre-Winter Landscaping TipsNovember 30, 2016
Pre-winter landscaping maintenance is extremely important. Although snow will provide the required moisture and insulation to your plants if your yard is not ready to welcome the freezing winter, it will die. Frost will take its toll and damage the plants. Winds can cause drought-stress. And in spite of the fact that you cannot struggle with the wrath of nature or have full control over your landscaping during the winter, you can still prepare it before it becomes dormant.
When plants are put to sleep, they don’t die. They just take a break from growing. But inside the earth, their roots still need nutrients. They require water, oxygen, and sun in order to grow again in the spring. Plants need dormancy in order to withstand the freezing weather and temperature fluctuations. And your job is to tuck them in at the right time.
Pre-winter and fall property maintenance involves several tasks. In order to help your garden survive during the winter, you must focus on your:
Rake tree leaves. If they cover the lawn as a blanket, it will keep it from getting enough sun and moisture. And if leaves rot or have diseases, they will transfer fungus diseases on your lawn too. So lawn maintenance is important. It should be cleaned, mowed, and fertilized. To help lawn get the right amount of nutrients, this is the best period for aeration too.
Prune perennials, especially if some parts are diseased. By cutting them back, you also prevent diseases and keep insects away.
Help them keep moisture by placing mulch all around their base. Mulch will protect them from frost and keep them hydrated.
Trees & bushes
Cut tree branches, which are long, diseased, or weak. They won’t be able to withstand the weight of snow and might break. It’s also wise to trim bushes and cover leaves with fabric.
Yard clean up
Remove any tree stick and tree leaves from the lawn. Pull dead annuals and any other diseased plant. And don’t forget your garden tools. Clean, sharpen, and store them.
The significance of moisture
What’s most important is to provide the right conditions for your plants so that they won’t die during the cold days. So you should keep two things in mind:
- Make sure plants get sufficient moisture. By removing leaves and placing mulch in plant beds, you make sure they get enough moisture. Lawn aeration is important too. Drought is caused by winds since they remove water quicker than the landscape or plants can replace it. And this can happen even during the winter since the land is frozen. The ground must be clean so that the snow that will cover it will provide the required moisture.
- Cover tender plants. You can use a glass or fabric to cover the entire plant or just its leaves. If your plants can be moved, take them in a sheltered spot. But you must make sure they get enough moisture. It’s important to take such measures since you can never be sure when the temperatures will drop. Sudden frost and temperature fluctuations (between the day sun and chilly nights) will harm the plants’ cell walls.
Pre-winter garden maintenance will help your lawn and plants go through winter and still flourish again in the spring. So this is a very important seasonal maintenance.