5 Ways to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

5 Ways to Prepare Your Yard for Winter
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    Don't skip on necessary lawn preparation as winter approaches or the spring thaw may just reveal a dying, brown lawn, or worse—a burst pipe in the basement or a flooded lawn.


These 5 steps will help you get your lawn in order before the snow falls.

#1. Mow down the lawn

Throughout the fall, keep your lawn watered and mowed. As winter approaches, drop the lawnmower blade to the lowest setting so more sunlight can reach the crown of the grass. This will also reduce the amount of leaf that turns brown during the winter. Be careful you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the blades at any one time, however. This means you may need to gradually lower the blade.

#2. Aerate the lawn

Fall is the best time to aerate the lawn to allow more water, oxygen, and air to reach the roots of the grass. You can hire someone to aerate the lawn or do it yourself by renting a lawn aerator that punches holes in the soil and pulls out plugs of soil.

#3. Fertilize the lawn

Fall is the ideal time for fertilization as grass grows more slowly when the weather cools down while the roots and rhizomes (horizontal plant stems beneath the surface) grow faster. Fertilizing in the fall delivers the nutrients your grass needs to develop stronger roots and builds up a reserve for a stronger growth period in the spring. Don’t forget to rake up all of the leaves before you fertilize. You can also apply weed control products when you fertilize to prevent weeds like dandelions from coming back in the spring.

#4. Prune your trees

Before the snow begins to fall, make sure you schedule regular tree pruning service to keep your trees healthy and prevent possible mishaps. Branches or limbs over your home, car, or sidewalk should be removed before heavy snowfall and wind can bring them down. Any unsafe, diseased, or dead branches should also be removed.

For many tree species, fall is the best time to prune as the trees are in their dormant season. Contact a tree service like Smitty’s Tree Service Inc if you have questions about any of your vegetation.

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#5. Winterize your sprinkler system

Want to avoid blown sprinkler heads and underground leaks when spring thaw comes around? Winterize your sprinkler system before the first freeze to prevent expensive and time-consuming repairs later. Use compressed air to remove all moisture from the system and prevent any freezing or damage. Your backflow preventer should also be covered to protect against a burst pipe when the temperature drops.

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