Fall has finally arrived and it's time to start thinking about how you're going to protect your yard and landscaping this winter.
While none of these tasks are difficult, they will take a bit of time. Whether you're mowing leaves to feed your lawn or trimming the trees, you need to take time to prepare your yard/landscaping for winter.
Mow Leaves Instead of Bagging Them
You want to blow or rake your leaves into a line on your lawn. Mowing up (and mulching) the leaves will fertilize your lawn for winter. This is much easier than bagging the leaves and so good for your lawn.
Give the leaves a chance to add up and mow them all at once. Your yard may look a bit messy for a couple of weeks, but it's well worth it in the end.
Cut Your Lawn to the Right Length
You want to cut your grass to 1 to 1 ½ inches for your last cut of the season. This will prevent your lawn from being affected by snow mold disease.
When the grass is too long, the blades will lay over after a snow and the moisture builds up creating mold. Make sure you cut your lawn to the right height so that it comes back beautifully in the spring.
It's an absolute must to trim trees for the winter. Heavy snow can quickly pile up on tree limbs and cause the limbs to break. This can lead to downed power lines and even roof damage.
You want to cut any limbs that are hanging over your house. If the limbs lay on your roof, it can cause damage. For any trees located near power lines, you want to contact professionals to come in and trim the trees.
Get Perennials Ready for Winter
Many perennials need to be deadheaded for winter. Research the types of flowers and plants you have in your yard and follow the instructions exactly. Not following the instructions can result in killing the plants.
However, there are some plants and flowers that don't require any work at all. You just let them die and they come back. Again, research your plants and flowers.
Remove Dead Leaves From Concrete and Decks
Last, but not least, you want to make sure to keep dead leaves off the concrete and wood surfaces around your home. When these leaves get wet and start to decay, they can stain lightly colored surfaces. Blow the leaves off the surfaces and mow once all the leaves have fallen.
You want to take the time to do a bit of work around your home so that your home and lawn are protected.
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