Ensuring your yard is properly cleaned up and covered is the best way to prepare for the winter season. But how exactly do you achieve this? You probably know that winter may have effects on your yard that may take a while to recover from if proper precautions are not taken. When you love your yard as much as we love ours, then you will need to protect it. Our yard has survived many seasons of winter, and all from taking the following preparations.
1. Outdoor Furniture
Hopefully, you have chosen furniture that can withstand several seasons of winter and still look as good as new. It should be made of a quality material and designed to withstand harsh temperatures and conditions. If you have made a quality purchase even when it snows, your Adirondack chairs will remain intact and as strong as before if you have chosen quality products and covered them during the off-season. This will help you by eliminating the cost of buying new chairs after every spring and thereby giving you more money for new plants!
At the end of the season, wash the furniture off and allow to dry. This will eliminate the potential for mold or mildew to grow. If you have space to bring everything inside, that is ideal. We do not, so we store our cushions in plastic bags in the garage, and the patio furniture frames are outdoors and covered with furniture cover.
A tarp also works, but be sure to secure any covering down with cording so that heavy winds don’t undo all your hard work. Trust us from experience, recovering a poorly secured cover in a snowstorm is not fun.
2. Clear Out Vegetables and Annual Flower Foliage
Clearing out dead plants and fallen foliage is necessary, and the reason for doing this is simple. They act as harbors for insect eggs and pathogens during winter. It is true that winter is considered unfavorable to your yard, but it can also be beneficial to clear away pathogens and insect eggs. This is because they cannot survive the harsh environment without any sort of protection. They turn to foliage and vegetables to shield them from the harsh conditions.
If you cannot remove the organic debris altogether, at least run a mower over it. This will allow some air in. Grass also needs to be clear of leaves so that it can run its natural cycle of regrowth. If it is smothered in leaves, the essential sunlight is blocked, preventing the process from occurring. If you do not have a way to dispose of all this organic matter, consider putting a composting bin in your yard.
3. Apply a Winter Fertilizer
Depending on how cold your winters are, your grass is going to be affected by the change in temperature. However, the winter season won’t last forever, and you need your grass to be in a healthy condition when this season passes.
How do you make this happen?
It is very simple - use a winter fertilizer. This specific type of fertilizer will help your grass retain its roots so that they do not wither and die easily under the harsh conditions. Your yard will be the cause of envy around your neighborhood when winter is finally over because you will almost immediately have healthy green grass. Buying the fertilizer is worth every amount of money you spend.
4. Put Watering Systems and Hoses Away
Store your hoses and watering systems in a location that won’t be affected directly by the cold winter temperatures. If you do leave them outside, they will likely be damaged by the elements, and you will need to buy new equipment once winter is over. Even a small amount of frozen water left untended to can do damage. Unhook hoses and sprinkler systems and make sure that your water faucet
5. Mow Your Lawn
Be sure to give your lawn a final mow before winter. This will chop up any residual debris so that it can break down better and not do damage to your grass or house the critters we mentioned earlier.
Additionally, when your lawn is too high, animals such as field mice or any other burrowing animal will seek refuge among the tall grasses. Mice build nests, and these will potentially destroy portions of your lawn. They mostly create dead spots and use them to pull grass they need for building their homes. New growth that is fragile is also protected by short grass.
6. Minimize Yard Movement
During winter, it is hard for your yard to recover from heavy foot traffic. Yes, the grass is resilient, but during winter, it is at its weakest point. It will be difficult for your grass to recover if it is stepped on and becomes well worn out.
Winter can be a very challenging time for nature, but the good news is that it doesn’t last for a long period. If proper care and provisions are taken, it will thrive as soon as the warmth of spring arrives.