It’s Never Too Late to Save Your Yard: Tips for Winter Yard Maintenance
January 1, 2019
When winter arrives, it can be easy to let landscaping fall behind when the thought of spending time outside fills you with shivers. However, a little winter maintenance now can pay off when spring arrives. If you have lapsed with your lawn care this winter, then you should know that it is still not too late to give your plants some care. Here are the top winter landscaping tips to get your lawn and garden in top shape before warmer weather appears.
Tend the Trees
During the winter, trees and shrubs may need additional care to guard against freezing. Carefully inspect your trees for signs of dead or dying branches so that they can be removed. Then, add mulch around the trunks to add an extra layer of warmth. Be sure to apply it around the trunk in the shape of a doughnut while leaving an extra inch of space between the mulch and the trunk to prevent rot. Smaller trees and shrubs can also be covered with burlap if you are expecting a late winter storm.
Put Down Mulch
Mulch provides an extra layer beneath the ground and winter precipitation that can help keep weeds away while also returning nutrients to the soil. Even if you mulched early in the season, it may be time to apply a new layer. According to MSN Real Estate , a second layer may be needed when the temperature drops very low, and hay mulch should only be applied once the ground is already cold.
Plant Bulbs Now
While it may be hard to picture spring flowers when the snow is still falling, now is the time to get a jump start on your gardening by planting bulbs. Tulips, Anemones and Hyacinths should all be planted midwinter season so that they have time to take root before the spring. If the ground is still frozen, bulbs can be forced by starting them in an indoor container garden and then transferring them once the ground is ready for planting.
Winter landscaping is essential for keeping your lawn and garden in perfect condition. Fortunately, there is still time to take care of any landscaping chores that may have left untended. From tree care to eliminating weeds and rot, you can start now to repair winterfs damage while getting your landscape ready for spring.