(Originally posted November 2017)
Prepare the Yard in Early Winter to Have a Spectacular Landscape in the Spring
Leaves continue to fall as autumn’s chill drops a few more degrees. Winter is certainly on its way, but families still have time to prepare their properties for wind, rain, snow and hail. Taking care of the property’s exterior areas reduces decline on both plants and hardscapes. Survive the winter with ease by using these tips and tricks in the front and back yards. Landscape maintenance is the key to strong, property values.
Mulch the Evergreens
Trees and bushes that keep their foliage during the fall and winter are considered evergreen. They thrive in both low and high temperatures. Protect these plants by mulching around their bases. Natural or organic mulch is the best type because it breaks down into the soil over time. Although it’s late fall or early winter, the evergreen’s roots receive critical nutrients for stability through the colder months.
As any Boulder landscape contractor will tell their clients, mulch also acts as an insulator. The ground remains at a relatively steady temperature with mulch covering the soil. Roots might freeze and die back without mulch in place.
Harvest and Compost Vegetable Gardens
The vegetable garden is probably in decline at this point. Be sure to harvest every edible portion before retiring the space until the spring. Cut down long stems, and allow them to rest in the soil. Use a rake to mix the declining foliage into the soil. As it decomposes over the next few months, the soil gains critical nutrients. Next year’s vegetable garden might explode with color as the soil’s nutrients nourish the roots. Consider the placement of mulch over the composted, vegetable garden now. It protects the soil while adding even more nutrients to the ground.
Pull and Plant Specific Bulbs
Practice what a Boulder landscape contractor would do and focus on bulb care. Bulbs that blossomed in the summer are now gone. To avoid any rot over the winter, pull the bulbs from the ground. Store them in a cool and dry place inside the home.
For those late-winter and early-spring bulbs, it’s time to plant them outdoors. Daffodils and tulips, for instance, require a cooling period before they can bloom. Colorado winters are perfect cooling periods for a February or March blossoming that stands in contrast to the white snow on the ground.
Rake Up the Leaves
Those deciduous trees in the yard are beautiful when they change colors, but the leaves drop in huge piles over time. Don’t allow the leaves to remain on the lawn over the late fall and early winter. Their thick layers can cause dieback across the lawn. For optimal lawn maintenance, rake the leaves before any major snowfall. The grass can essentially “breathe” without the leaves suffocating the transpiration processes. As the grass enters dormancy, simply keep off of the lawn until the spring invigorates its growth once again.
Mow the Lawn
After raking those leaves, residents should mow the lawn one last time before dormancy sets in. Allow the cuttings to drift into the soil as another nutrient boost over the winter months. Leaving the grass with too much length leads to freeze damage at the tips. The grass can support its length through dormancy when it’s about 2 or 2.5 inches long. Neat lawns also positively reflect on the property as a whole so that every cold day is still aesthetically pleasing.
Trim Back Shrubs and Trees
Take safety seriously by trimming any trees and bushes on the property. Long or declining branches become dangerous as ice and snow accumulate on the plants. The branches might break off and injure someone below. Consider a landscaper’s help if the plants are too difficult to cut from a safe position. Both trees and shrubs must be cut back enough so that they can still survive the winter while protecting the home from any rogue sections breaking off.
Remove the Weeds
Weeds are fascinating plants because they can survive the late fall and early winter. Seeds drop, and they grow with increased vigor in the spring. Pull those pesky weeds now. By removing them before winter truly arrives, they don’t have a chance to spread or drop seeds. The spring greets the residents with fewer weeds than last year. This scenario alone is enough motivation to clear away those dandelions and other weeds.
Shut off the Irrigation System
Because many Colorado regions are covered in ice or snow during the winter months, watering the yard isn’t necessary. In fact, any Superior landscape contractor would advise residents to cut off the water to the sprinklers entirely. Removing water from the pipes prevents any freezing situations from occurring. Frozen pipes with water inside of them creates expansion and contraction problems. In the spring, cracks and leaks arise that can be expensive to fix. Avoid this situation by winterizing the irrigation system in the late fall.
Work With Professionals
Some families don’t have the time to devote to late-fall and early-winter yard work. Contacting Don King Landscaping is a smart alternative. This Superior landscape contractor evaluates a property and applies the proper care to its components. Families that are concerned about their expertise in the yard don’t have to worry because the professionals take care of everything.
Protecting the landscape is a good investment in the property. Families also learn from the contractor so that future yard and lawn maintenance is easier to deal with than before.
Most plants have specific times of year when they should be trimmed back. If families have a mixture of species in the garden, research the best times to prune them. By working with their natural schedule, these plants will thrive through almost any weather. Proper, landscape maintenance allows the family to enjoy the outdoors without too much effort during the other seasons.