It’s that time again and, though it may be tempting to rummage through your basement for your coats, skis, snow shoes, and other winter gear, but first things first! Don’t forget about your lawn. You may not realize that what you do now for your lawn and garden will have a great impact on the way it looks next summer. As easy as it is to just let your grass die and forget about it, putting a little effort in now will make next summer easier and your lawn will look amazing for it!
To make it easier, I have prepared a check list for you. Of course, if you want to save the time and hassle, we would be happy to perform any of these services for you.
- Feritlize and Aerate your lawn – do this while your lawn is still green.
- Rake debris and leaves from the lawn to allow sunlight and the earth’s nutrients into the soil during the winter.
- Continue to mow and water your lawn to 2/12 to 3 inch height as long as your green remains green.
- Continue to water your lawn once a month throughout the winter if the snow cover is scant.
- Remove as many weeds as possible.
- Before the first frost, plant new trees and spring bulbs.
- Water and fertilize your trees
- Rake to remove leaves from beds
- Dig up sensitive bulbs
- Clean out annual and vegetable beds
- Cut perennials back
- Apply a two to four inch layer of mulch on top of perennial, shrub and bulb beds. This protects the bed from weeds and the elements and traps moisture.
- Wrap trees, especially recently planted trees or sensitive varieties. Wrap in burlap from the base of the trunk to the second or third branch, allowing some overlap to allow water to escape.
- Clean and store tools, ceramic pots and birdbaths.
Maximize your maintenance time by taking care of your lawn mower.
- Don’t just park your lawn mower in the garage all winter. Protect the engine by adding a fuel stabalizer which will keep all the parts in the carburetor from drying out and becoming brittle.
- Change the spark plug
- Replace the air filter
- Change the oil
- Sharpen the blade
Winterizing your sprinkler system can be difficult. Hiring a professional is recommended.
- Shut off water to your sprinkler system
- Using an air compressor that is at least 125 CFM. Drain the valves. (If you do not use the correct size air compressor, a small amount of water will escape your lines, but most will remain and will cause freezing and busted pipes during the winter)