As fall starts to come to a close, winter is right around the corner. This means that now is the time to start getting your yard ready for the chilly winter temperatures and possible winter precipitation. Taking the correct actions now ensures your yard looks its best when spring makes it appearance.Here are a few things you should consider adding to your to-do list.
1. Remove Any Remaining Leaves from Your Yard
Ideally, you should rake and bag any remaining leaves from your yard before the first snowfall. Even if your area has experienced its first snow fall, your yard's leaves still need to go.
If you don't remove the leaves, they can kill your grass. When they collect in a large group, leaves also collect moisture that can cause a fungus to develop and infect your yard.
Some homeowners prefer to use their leaves as compost for their lawn. If you opt for this alternative, make sure that you mow the leaves until they are in tiny pieces. Leaves that are too large block sun from your lawn and kill it.
You can also bag the leaves and them to your compost pile for your garden.
2. Apply a Weed Killer to Your Yard
The fall and winter months are a terrific time to take action against any weeds that are plaguing your yard. During the colder months, weeds soak up anything and everything that they come into contact with, including weed killer. Apply a general purpose weed killer to your entire lawn to make sure no dandelions or crab grass rear their ugly heads in the springtime.
3. Aerate Your Yard
The fall and early winter months are an excellent time to aerate your yard. Aeration is important because it permits nutrients and water to better reach the roots of your grass, encouraging the grass to grow when the water warms back up.
It is simple to aerate your yard. Just rent a pull-behind aerator and attach it to your riding lawn mower. If you don't have a riding lawn mower, there are handheld units that you can push.
4. Insulate Your Cold-Sensitive Plants and Shrubbery
Take a moment to see if any of your plants or shrubs are sensitive to cold temperatures. You can install barriers that protect your vegetation from extreme temperatures. An added bonus is that these barriers also protect plants from external chemicals that might find their way into your yard, such as salt from the roadways.
Contact a company, like Raleigh Lawns, for more help.