Is your lawn and garden ready for the winter? If you’ve worked all throughout the spring and summer to keep your lawn and garden looking beautiful, you are going to need to prepare things for winter, because harsh storms, cold, snow, ice and extreme wind can reverse all your hard work.
When it comes down to it, if you don’t want to start over, you are going to need to make sure that your lawn and garden is ready for the extreme temperatures and storm fronts.
Most of preparation methods don’t take that much work and can easily be done on a weekend off. However, you should start thinking about prepping your lawn and garden sooner rather than later. Here are five ways to prep your lawn and garden for winter.
- Make sure to fertilize your lawn. Your lawn and garden will go into a sort of hibernation mode during the winter. Your plants may look like they are dead, but they are actually just hibernating. This is why you need to fertilize now rather than in the middle of the winter. Giving your lawn a fresh layer of fertilizer will allow your lawn and garden to have the nutrients it needs during the hibernation phase.
- Water your lawn, but less often. Just because it is the wintertime, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t water your lawn. When it comes down to it, you just need to water it less. In fact, you can do a lot of damage to your lawn if it doesnt get the moisture it needs.
Of course, when it snows you may not be able to water you lawn, but on that rare sunny day be sure to give it a light sprinkle. If you live in an area with moderate temperatures, you may only need to water every twenty days.
- Dont forget about your vegetable garden. Just because it is the winter, it doesn’t mean that you have to start over when it comes to your vegetable garden it just means that you need to pick a new vegetable.
In fact, there are many varieties of winter vegetables that grow abundantly when the temperatures dip down to uncomfortable temperatures. For instance, some root vegetables and even spinach grows incredibly well in the winter. So, you may want to talk to your local nursery.
- Always seed towards the end of the season. Just because its the wintertime, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t re-seed your lawn. Grass seed – usually needs a few months to germinate. So, if you want your grass to look greener than ever when the spring hits and the snow melts away, you should re-seed towards the end of December or early January.
- Make sure to prune accordingly. You shouldn’t over prune in the wintertime, because that could force the plants in your garden to bloom, which can be a bad thing in the cold weather. However, you do want to clear away dead leaves and other detritus just to give your other plants a more successful dormant period.