Jan 6, 2017
Winter Garden and Lawn Care Tips
Just as the seasons change, so should your gardening and lawn care practices. Taking care of your veggie and flower gardens, and the grassy areas outside of your home during the colder Winter months are far different than in the warmer months, when they tend to flourish. Use these Winter garden and lawn care tips to ensure they are healthy and thriving when Spring returns!
- Stay off of your lawns as much as possible. Overuse of them can weaken the grass, creating bare spots and damage. This is especially true if your lawn freezes over. Allow it to thaw naturally, instead of walking on it and breaking up the ice.
- In snowy areas, be sure you shovel as much as possible before applying deicing salts.
- During the Winter, you don’t need to fertilize your lawns. If it’s not growing as abundantly, it doesn’t need that food. Fertilizing during cold months will harm water systems, because the fertilizer will wash off the lawn easier.
- Continue to plant in your gardens! First, be sure your sim is soft enough to be able to dig and plant. Adding compost at least 3 inches in thickness will also provide nutrients for the soil – which is needed more in the Winter months.
- Watering before a freeze period will help keep your lawn healthy, and the grass will be able to absorb moisture. They need that moisture before freezing! Adding mulch will help keep root temperatures stable for flowers and shrubs, and help them grow during these harsh months.
- If there are no freezes in the near future, you only need to water your lawn once a week. This loosens the soil base and allows for carbon dioxide movement and helps roots grow.
- Some plants will need protection during the Winter. Container plants need to be covered with frost clothes or heat retentive blankets. Covering them in plastic can cause permanent damage, so check with your local garden center for the best method for the plants you own.
- Shorter grass before harsh freezes and cold temperatures will protect it and allow it to grow healthier once the sun comes out again. Keeping it short also helps to avoid mice and small rodents from seeking shelter and creating nests in it for warmth – which damages your lawn.
- Mulch can be your garden’s best friend during the Winter! It blocks weeds and keeps the soil warm and moist because organic matter creates heat. A nice, healthy layer of mulch can protect roots and bulbs from frosts, too. For the most effective Winter garden and lawn care practices, mulch might be your ace in the hole.
These Winter garden and lawn care tips will keep your lawn and garden thriving during the colder Winter months. Once Spring and Summer hit, your lawn will be able to become lush and beautiful, and your gardens will be producing magnificent fruits, vegetables and flowers for you to enjoy!