Homeowner Tips

Preparing Your Yard and Trees for Winter During the Fall

When we reach fall, we are reaching the very last chance to prepare for winter. Over the spring and summer months, you work hard to build up curb appeal so, as much effort as it may seem, you need to pull on some gloves and prepare your yard and trees for the cold months. If you are concerned about the health of your tree, find a tree service or contact an arborist. To give you a helping hand, I have some simple gardening and tree tips you can follow.

Remove Weak Branches

Over the years, I have seen many people make the mistake of pruning in fall but this encourages growth in a time where your plants and trees should be hardening for the coming cold. However, you should take the opportunity to remove any of the dead or dying. During winter, we often complain about all the dead plants we have to look at, so why not remove them in fall? Watch how to properly prune a tree.

When in the yard, remove any dead annuals, deadhead spent blooms and cut back any dead ornamental perennials. Furthermore, you can lightly prune any sad-looking branches on shrubs or trees. When dealing with hydrangeas, you can remove dried blossoms but be careful with dead-looking stalks, as these will form new buds the next year. Visit this site for more gardening information and details on plants.

Control the Weeds

When it gets to spring, weed can ruin the look of any yard so be sure to get in control in the fall. Something I have learned over the years, both clover and dandelion pull all the nutrients in the winter and then come to life in spring. If you use herbicide in the winter, the poison will be drawn down into the roots with the nutrients and you won’t see them in spring.

As soon as you start treating weeds in fall, you will see the results the year after. If you notice brown spots in the grass, don’t worry too much as healthy grass will soon replace it.

Clear the Leaves

Although winter provides many problems for the yard, there are perhaps none more so than the constant falling of leaves. Not only will dry leaves stop the sun from getting to your grass, moist leaves will spread disease and mold. For this reason, you have to clear the leaves around once a week no matter how frustrating the process can be.

fallen tree leaves cleaned up

Sustainable Tip: Rather than throwing your leaves away, I find that it makes a fantastic organic compost to fertilize the lawn after being left to decompose.

Fertilize Your Lawn

A fact that not many people are aware of is that the majority of the grasses in lawns in the US were brought over from Europe, which means that we need to supplement the key nutrients they would have received in their native habitat. If you want to maintain a healthy lawn, use a little fertilizer in the early winter to replace nutrients lost over the summer months. During the winter, the fertilizer will act as a stimulant enabling the roots to grow beneath the surface and emerge fully in spring.

So there you have it, some fantastic tree care and landscaping tips I’ve learned in my experience to prepare your yard and trees for winter. If you follow these simple steps, you will be sure to enjoy the results of a beautiful and lush landscape in spring and summer!

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