Once again winter is almost upon us, and the cold weather has already begun to set in. If you haven't already, now's the time to prepare your yard for cold temperatures and the various forms of precipitation and conditions that come with it. As a homeowner its your responsibility to care for your yard. It can initially seem like a daunting task, but here is our comprehensive guide to help you prepare your yard for winter.
Tree Bracing and Pruning
Winter weather can pose particular risks to your trees with high winds and - depending upon where you live - maybe even snows, potentially causing them to snap. Bracing your trees is something you should certainly consider, especially if you have young trees that could be more susceptible to this type of damage. It doesn't take much. For smaller trees between 10 and 12 feet tall, wooden stakes will suffice. Other options include:
- Guying anchors
- Anchors and stem attachments
- Wires/ropes attached to stem
This is also a great time to take care of pruning. In fact, 90 percent of deciduous pruning can be completed on a sunny day during this time of year. This is a chance for you to remove undesirable branches, thin the canopy, and remove branches that could pose a danger to your home in the event of a severe storm or other extreme winter weather.
Don't Stop Mowing Yet
Many people put up the lawnmower once the temperatures begin to drop. However, some grasses (such as bluegrass and fescue) actually thrive in cooler temperatures. Unless the ground is frozen, you should still mow your lawn once every two weeks. This promotes aesthetic appeal and encourages continued growth.
Addressing Fall Leaves
They are beautiful for a moment, but you're soon left with dull, crunchy leaves scattered throughout your yard. Although it's tedious, it's important to take the time to either mulch or rake the yard to best ensure your grass isn't smothered and you have a clean slate to work with when spring rolls around.
Light Up the Sidewalks
With the span of day decreasing, and number of darker hours increasing its important to always have a well lit pathways and sidewalks around your house. LED Garden and Outdoor Lights are ideal for fixing this issue. With stainless steel and a superior polish finish not only are these lights attractive, but they are waterproof and essentially resistant to a multitude of weather conditions.
A Time Investment That Pays Off
Your yard is the first thing people see when they drive by or visit your property, and first impressions count. Preparing your yard against harsh winter weather takes time and effort, but the investment of your time and money will definitely pay off in the following months to come. Winter is almost here! So nows the time for you to put these ideas and tips into action!