When the cold season approaches, it’s crucial to get your landscape ready for the cold weather and ensure everything is healthy when warm weather returns. Many elements of your landscape, including the soil, grass, and plants may be susceptible to damage from winter's ice, snow, and snow. So it's important to winterize your landscape before the cold weather sets in to protect it from the wrath of winter. By winterizing your landscape, you'll not only keep your yard looking pristine but also ensure your plants spring to life once the warm weather returns. If you’re not sure how to winterize your yard, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of the ways to winterize your landscape:
1. Test The pH Levels of Your Soil
Soil that’s too acidic or too alkaline can negatively affect plant growth. That’s why it’s important to test your soil’s pH and ensure it’s balanced. If the soil is too acidic, apply lime juice to the soil. For soil that’s too alkaline, add sulfur to increase acidity.
2. Fertilize Your Lawn and Beds with Caution
Fertilizing your landscape is a vital part of winterizing your lawn. It’s recommended to apply a fertilizer high in potassium to strengthen plant roots. Use a spreader to apply fertilizer evenly over your yard and be careful not to over-fertilize, as it can cause damage to plant roots. It’s a good idea to have a landscaping contractor test your soil to determine nutrient levels.
3. Prune Trees and Shrubs
Pruning trees and shrubs help to minimize the risk of injury that may result from falling branches. Pruning also limits exposure to pests and diseases. If you have younger trees in your yard, apply wire mesh around the plants to protect them from falling branches. When it’s time to prune your trees, hire reliable landscaping contractors to help you.
4. Remove Weeds
Weeds not only compete for nutrients with the rest of your lawn but also host pest eggs and pathogens. That’s why it’s important to remove weeds before winter.
5. Drain The Irrigation Water
Winterization starts with draining all water from the sprinklers and pipes, just before temperatures drop below freezing. If you don’t drain the irrigation water, the excess water in the sprinklers and pipes could freeze and cause damages to your irrigation system.
6. Aerate To Refresh The Lawn
Aeration is another effective way to prepare your lawn ahead of winter. This lawn care practice involves poking small homes on your lawn and the underlying soil structure. Aeration helps you keep your lawn healthy by allowing water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the soil. Besides, aeration alleviates soil compaction, allowing grass and plants to grow deeper roots.
If you’re in need of experienced landscapers to help you with winterizing your landscape, Atlanta Irrigation Company is here to help. We provide garden install maintenance services, landscape installation, landscape lighting, junk removal, pine straw services, and more.