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Steps to Prepare your Yard for Winter



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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
With the coming of October, it means that summer has passed and winter is just around the corner. It is also the time to say goodnight to the garden you have cared for since April. With fall and the coming of winter, it is necessary to complete various jobs to keep your garden and yard protected through the winter. Make certain to prepare the trees, grass and shrubs so they can return to normal health when spring comes and will leave you with a neat and well-kept yard in winter.

The following are several steps in preparing your yard for the winter months:

  1. Fertilize and reseed your lawn in early autumn to help boost the roots before winter settles in. A second feeding in the late part of October could help winterize your lawn and make is sturdy enough through the freezing weather.

  2. If your lawn has bare patches, the perfect time to sod is in early autumn. Adding sod will provide you a quick perfect lawn that will be beautiful when the warm weather returns. To establish new sod, make sure to keep it moist for a week after it has been laid and after that, it can be watered as necessary. Make sure the sod contains different grasses are indigenous to your environment.

  3. Trees require special care the same as your plants, so it is necessary to keep the tree limbs away from power lines and the roof. Tree branches can easily pull down on the gutters or cause expensive damage if they hang over your home. When pruning your trees, consult a professional arborist to guide you. In general, pruning should be done in early autumn or late spring.

  4. There are some plants that you could bring indoors during winter where you can enjoy continuous bloom. Anything blooming in a pot will be good indoor potted plants in winter. When preparing your plants for winter, begin by removing old and diseased plants. You can identify them since they are ones that look terrible, like a black spot on roses. Cut them off and do not allow them to fall to the ground.

  5. Patios and walkways could suffer in winter. Variations in temperature could cause brick or concrete to heave and settle unevenly. Make sure to keep them free from debris and water build-up to minimize winter damage. If you notice ice or water accumulation in the past winter, start to find ways to make proper drainage like adding small gravel drainage next to the walkway or fix the gutters that drip on the steps.

  6. Get a professional cleaning company to winterize the pool for you. Drain the pool water and cover it to keep off animals and leaves. Make sure to use the sturdiest cover that you can afford and ensure that heaters and pumps are in good working order.

  7. Clean all your gardening tools before putting them away during winter. Wipe them carefully and remove leaves, old grass and moisture.

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