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Prepare Your Yard for Cold Weather

By Whirl Construction (514 words)
Posted in Gazebos/Shelters/Shades on October 20, 2016

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Winter is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to start thinking about preparing your garden for the cold, wet, windy months. If you don’t get around to yard maintenance in fall you might just find yourself in for a lot of work over winter (and spring), or winding up with a whole lot of dead plants on your hands!

Here are our yard preparation tips:

Make sure the lawn is trimmed

It is important to keep mowing the lawn all the way up until the first frost. While you might be tempted to just let it grow out, this is not a good idea. In the later mows toward the start of the first frost, you can trim it a little longer than usual, just so that your lawn will be more protected against the elements once it starts to freeze.

Clean your gazebo and outside shelters

Prepare your gazebo for winter by prematurely cleaning it now. Sweep the floor to remove built-up dirt and then spray down your gazebo with a hose to make sure that it's clean. You can also add extra protection to your gazebo by adding some insulation to keep the heat in. 

Use windbreakers for at risk plants

If swirling winds are a problem in your area, then windbreakers are a great way to protect your plants from the chill. Buy cloth and wrap it in cylinders around at risk plants, or use singular fences for certain areas. You can take down these windbreakers again when the weather starts to heat up, but in the winter, your plants will love you for it.

Put those leaves to good use

You know how you’ve been grumbling since the leaves started falling about having to rake? Well, actually, you can put all those leaves to good use by making your own leaf mulch. All you need to do is set up a wire cylinder in your yard, or purchase something similar, and then rake all your leaves into a pile. It’s best to then go over the pile with a mower to break up the leaves as this makes them more useful. Store the leaves in the cylinder and add to the pile when you’re raking. Once spring hits you’ll have brilliant leaf mulch ready to go which can be spread over the top of your soil.

Protect those pot plants

Make sure that you’re taking good care of your potted perennials. Because they’re not as insulated from the cold as they’re in a pot, they’ll need a bit of extra care. You can do this by moving them to a spot where they get the most sun and then mulching them to add that insulation they need in the cold weather.

Prune and get rid of dead bits

Make sure to give any dead wood on your trees the flick before winter rolls around. Any storms in winter may cause damage from dead bits falling, so get out there and remove it so this can’t happen. It’ll help your trees be healthier, too!

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