You spend spring, summer, and autumn working on and maintaining your yard. Come winter we think that we can take a break until spring. But there are still some important chores to be done to make sure your hard work all year pays off in the spring.
Just because the weather is cold and plants are dormant doesn’t mean you should stop watering. In fact, it is safe to water plants until temperatures drop below 40 degrees. Especially if trees and shrubs were planted this year, continued watering is important to ensure its survival through the first winter.
Phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen: Essential nutrients for your plants and lawn to grow lush and green in the spring, should be applied before the ground freezes.
It’s essential to protect your sprinkler system before temperatures drop below freezing. Overlooking this step can cost you handsomely when water left in the pipes freezes and ruptures underground. Repairs will be expensive and all your hard work will have to be dug up. So before you retreat into the house for the winter make sure you drain all the water out of your pipes.
If you have trees that grow near a road, especially evergreens, they can become coated with road salt. We all know what salt can do to vegetation so if your trees and shrubs are in danger of snow plows throwing salt on them make sure you protect the base and branches.
One to two inches is the recommended length. This keeps down the risk of frostbite and snow mold. Don’t leave clumps of grass clippings and leaves laying around either to prevent mice from making nests.