Before winter comes, every homeowner wants to protect their lawn and garden from freezing. Here are a few tips to ensure that your grass and plants will stay as healthy as possible.
How to Protect your Lawn
Snow may be covering your lawn, but that doesn’t mean it’s damaging it. What really damages your lawn is the salt that comes into contact with it when you try to
melt the snow. Instead of salt, using sand or clay-based kitty litter on your driveway will prevent any salt run-off into your grass.
In addition, the grass in your lawn is more easily damaged when there is heavy foot traffic. Stay off the grass and the snow will stay light and melt much faster. At the first sign of a thaw, scatter grass seed on the soil surface. Even if more snow falls, the seed will be firmly in place by the time spring comes around.
Snow in Gardens
For the most part, snow does not do any severe damage to your garden in the winter. It can actually provide much-needed insulation to dry plants. However, heavier snowfall and ice will cause damage if not treated with proper care.
In order to avoid getting snow on particular plants, you can cover them with netting. If you can, use the netting to tie plants into the shape of a cone, that way any snow will fall off of it. If you choose not to cover your plants, snowfall can gently be removed by using a broom to sweep upwards on the plant.
Whatever you do, do not use a snowplow around plants, as it will damage them. Attempting to remove any ice is also a mistake, as branches with ice on them will most likely break off.
In terms of rehabilitating plants after winter, it is advised to water any evergreen plants you have during the first thaw, as the cold will have frozen their roots. This causes dehydration, and without water these plants will die.
When there’s heavy snowfall, it can be difficult to maintain your lawn and garden but you can be fully prepared for spring if you follow these tips. Visit the website here to see what services we can offer you.