The Countdown is on! Autumn and winter are coming, will your lawn be ready?
With Less than 30 days till autumn begins it’s time to start thinking about cold weather landscape management!
Autumn and winter preparation of trees and properties ensures a vibrant growth next season.
It’s getting closer for property owners to begin winter preparations of trees and yards. It’s not time to put away the lawn maintenance tools yet. Fall is the time to make sure your lawn, plants, trees and shrubs are ready for the cold and wet spells that come in Northern Virginia winters, and will give your properties or gardens satisfying results next growing season.
Here is some autumn lawn and property winterizing tips that will help you get it done right:
- Clean up debris, dead leaves and flowers that have seen better days. It will give you a head start in spring and avoid increasing your soil’s pH levels more than necessary.
- Cut grass to a height of two to three inches. Grass grows more slowly in winter, but do not cut more than 1/2 of the length of lawn blades at any one time to avoid damaging the plants.
- Prune perennials, shrubs and trees to avoid damage from winter rain and encourage healthy growth next year.
- Preserve soil quality by remove dead plants to prevent growth of fungus, mold and insect larvae.
- Fertilize trees, shrubs and lawns adequately to restore essential nutrients.
- Protect young plants and trees from frost with burlap.
- Winterize your irrigation system by draining and turning off hoses and sprinklers, or set watering frequencies and durations to 50% or less of what you were watering during the summer season.
- Service lawn mowers, leaf blowers and irrigation systems to avoid unnecessary damage and replacement costs.
Winter preparation of trees and properties requires time and effort. Experience makes it easy and gets the job done right. At Jed L. Goehring Certified Arborist and landscape Design we will ensure that your residential and commercial properties are neat and clean, and well-prepared when the cold arrives. Get your landscape ready for winter for a healthy spring!