Winter is a beautiful time full of holiday cheer, cool weather, the occasional touch of white snow, and wonderful seasonal foods. However, it tends to be a poor time for lawns. Like the hottest days of summer, the extreme cold and harsh winds of winter can kill plants, leave trees bare, and make your entire lawn look less appealing overall.
Well, the point of winter is to be bundled up indoors anyway, right? There is no need to worry about your lawn, is there? This could not be more wrong! A beautiful lawn improves the value, beauty, and comfort of your entire home, even if you are in a ball of blankets indoors. Those who decorate their awnings and porches for the holidays should remember to keep their lawn looking manicured and precious for the season as well. Below are 3 ways that professional landscape design and installation can keep your lawn looking beautiful from the first of December to the first warm day of spring.
Did you know that the best time to fertilize your lawn–enriching it with nutrients and moisture for optimal plant health–is early winter? There is a chance that your lawn was overwatered and overheated through the summer and has not recovered through the fall. Be sure to replace missing nutrients and improve the soil quality before the first freeze. These nutrients will keep cold plants healthy.
Cold and brown lawns might seem more foot-friendly, but this is not the case. While grass can tolerate minimal foot traffic, holidays tend to be an excuse for large gatherings that can often be taken outdoors. Also, mice and other animals will tend to burrow into roots for warmth. This means that the roots of trees and shrubs can be trampled and short flowering plants can be completely crushed. Also, your grass will not handle this well. In the event of snow, your grass will not enjoy the extra weight of bodies. Consider adding paths and natural paved areas for ideal traffic. Also, consider lining your plants with hardy shrubs and stones to discourage visitors from crossing your grass for a shortcut to the front door.
Be Wary of Disease
Sickness in cold months should be a concern for both you and your yard. Plant diseases can be especially devastating to your greenery during the cold when plants are already fighting to stay alive. Have professionals inspect your lawn for signs of plant diseases like dark spots, odor, stripped bark, and odd coloring on leaves. This can be difficult for non-experts to detect because leaves naturally discolor in the cold.
Remember before you decorate your home for the winter holidays that you should care for your lawn now. Not only will professional landscape design and installation services keep your plant life looking beautiful through the winter, it will ensure that there is still a yard left in the spring.