When you think about landscape design, chances are you think of summer. After all, summer is when everything is blooming and green, which is logically when you would hire a landscape contractor to come to your home to make your property look beautiful, right? Well, you are mostly correct, but there actually a lot of useful things that landscape contractors can do at your home to help prepare you for the cold winter months. Whether you are looking for help preparing your personal garden for the colder months, or perhaps you want to help at a commercial property, their are many important tasks that landscapers complete in the fall and winter months. In order to make sure that you’re lawn and garden look beautiful in the spring and summer, you have to properly prepare it ahead of time by taking the proper preventative steps. Here are just a few of the tasks that you would consider hiring a landscape contractor for as winter approaches:
- Removing dead leaves from your property. As trees prepare for winter by shedding their leaves, it is important to make sure that those leaves are cleared away from your lawn. This is because those sleeves contract moisture and cause mold and fungus to begin growing. If the lease cover is dense enough, it can actually kill your grass as well. Your landscaper or lawn care service provider can collect and remove all unwanted leaves from your property.
- Fall fertilizer. Many people think of lawn fertilizer as something that you do in the spring to help promote growth, but it is actually recommended that you fertilize your garden and lawn in the fall first. This will help give your lawn a jumpstart in the spring when the ground begins to thaw by encouraging strong root growth.
- Prepare for the winter. There are many small tasks that homeowners need to do to make sure that their lawn stays healthy through the cold winter months. This includes turning off the water line to your sprinkler system and blowing out the sprinkler pipes to prevent water from freezing in the pipes and causing them to burst.
- Mulch your garden beds. A nice layer of mulch on top of your garden beds will help insulate and protect the beds from freezing completely in the winter months. The mulched dead leaves also provide nutrients to the soil as they decompose and limits soil erosion.
- Protect your lawn furniture. Many people protect their patio furniture in the wintertime by bringing it inside. This helps prevent rust and fading, but what about your patio or deck? These also need to be protected from the rain and snow, especially if it is made out of wood. Your landscape contractor can help protect your patio buy resealing and staining your deck so that the wood will not warp or rot during the winter time.
- Some trees and plants have a better chance of success if you plan them in the fall, so this is a good time to have your new trees planted.