Winter is a very busy time of the year. Considering all the family activities, friendly gatherings and office parties, all these festivities can sometimes make you forget about lawn maintenance. You do not need to worry about time-consuming upkeep if you start early. Landscape design expert Lifestyle Landscapes shares four tips to care for your lawn and yard this winter:
1. Clean Up Your Yard
With Seattle’s relatively temperate winters, you can still start cleaning now. Simply pick up the dried leaves, dead branches and twigs. If it is still not snowing, you can set aside some time for a quick weeding.
Expert tip: Weeding at the start of winter makes it easier to pull up the roots, since they are dormant as opposed to spring, when they are growing and active.
2. Trim the Trees and Grass
No matter what your patio design is, trimming the trees and grass is essential. It gives them form and shape as well as plenty of room to grow. You can start with cutting the grass to a height of 3 to 4 inches. Make sure not to cut too short, as the cold or snow might damage the roots – worse, this might cause some sections to die out.
3. Protect the Shrubs
Landscapes pros like Lifestyle Landscapes suggest using mulch around your shrubs. Mulch is a type of material combined from compost, decayed leaves and bark of trees that is used to enrich or to insulate the soil. Create mulch barriers around your shrubs and plants to prevent any damage from frost and the freezing temperatures in general.
4. Drain the Irrigation System
As much as you might love the sprayers and wands in your outdoor living area, you need to keep an eye on them, especially during winter. If you use automated irrigation systems, be sure to properly drain them out. Ask for assistance from whoever installed these structures if you are not confident to do them on your own.
Follow this guide accordingly and you can avoid a lot of common lawn and landscape hassles this winter. If you want to further maximize your outdoor living experience, schedule a professional consultation with Lifestyle Landscapes. You can reach us at (206) 621-2626 or by filling out our contact form. We serve Seattle and surrounding areas.