Preparing your lawn and landscape for winter is something that tends to slip people’s minds. Of course people spend hours in their yard each spring to repair it after harsh winter’s damage, but if you take the time to prepare your landscape for winter, the damage may not end up being quite so harsh come spring. These simple tasks will help prevent perennial weeds, insect pests, and certain disease pathogens. This will keep problems from becoming established and even more difficult to control at the end of winter.

Clean up landscape beds.

Remove leaves, dead foliage, and spent annuals which can harbor disease and insects.

Remove annuals and mulch perennials.

Annuals will typically die when temperatures drop below freezing, so these should be removed for the winter. Although perennials will often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet because their top growth dies back, they should be cut back within an inch or two of soil level and remain planted throughout the winter. The best time to mulch them is actually after the first hard freeze. 

Plant and trim new trees and shrubs.

Fall is the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs. The cooler weather will allow them to become established without the stress caused by summer heat. Also, trim and thin out large shade trees and shrubs to allow snow to fall through the branches rather than pile on this. This will prevent branches from splitting or breaking.

Overseed your lawn.

Overseed heavily with cool season grass, you should be able to achieve a nearly solid green lawn throughout the winter. The best time to oversee is six to eight weeks before the first hard freeze. If the cold weather comes early, the grass that comes up following the second seeding may not have time to develop a strong root system to survive the winter. If you are unsure about performing the process yourself, call Black Diamond to hire our Turf Maintenance team!

Prepare and monitor your compost pile.

Fallen leaves are an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter, and this time of year produces plenty of them! When raking, instead of tossing them out, put them in the compost piles or use shredded leaves as mulch. Top your compost pile with a think layer of leaves or straw during the fall and winter. This will accomplish two things — event excess moisture from building up and insulates the pile so that it maintains a higher internal temperature during the cold winter months.

Overwinter the houseplants.

Before cold weather sets in, bring in any houseplants that were spending the spring, summer, and fall basking in the sun. Make sure you place then in a spot that has a fair amount of light and mist them daily to maintain humidity. Also, cut back on watering and skip fertilizing until spring.

If this work seems too daunting in preparation for winter, please do not hesitate to call 888-DO-MY-YARD to hire Black Diamond Landscape team. Also, do not forget about the importance of the winter lawn treatment! Our company performs an annual Turf Maintenance program for our customers to keep their lawn thicker, greener, and weed-free all year long.