Doing this now will let your yard and gardens shine again in the Spring
Preparing your yard for winter
Now is a great time to aerate your lawn, while it is still green. Aerating helps to break up the soil enabling water and nutrients to penetrate deeper and get to more roots. A stronger root system will help your grass bounce back well in the spring.
Over-seed with a blend of grass seed. Spread seed after your lawn is aerated or even if you do not aerate. This will help thicken up your lawn and fill in bare spots. The cooler temps of our fall season are ideal for seeding, best to get the seed down in September to early October.
Apply a Fall or Winterizer fertilizer. If you have some perennial weeds annoying you (like dandelions) then apply one with weed control in it. This will help to kill them yet this fall so they don’t come back to haunt you in the
Fall planting can be done all the way until the ground begins to freeze, usually as late as Thanksgiving. Roots grow best in cooler soil and since the air is cooler your plants won’t be as stressed as when you plant them mid-Summer! Don’t forget to plant tulips and daffodil bulbs now so you have their great flowers in the Spring.
Water evergreens and newly planted plants until the ground freezes. Water only as needed to keep the ground moist so be careful to not over-water them as excessive water for an extended period of time can rot the plant’s roots due to a lack of oxygen in the soil.
Spray evergreens with an anti-desiccant, often referred to as Wilt Proof. This helps seal the moisture in the needles and leaves to prevent them from drying out over winter.
Wrap tree trunks with light colored tree wrap to keep the rabbits, voles, mice and deer from damaging the bark. It also prevents against frost cracks.
Cut back perennials to about 2” from the soil, making sure not to scalp the crown of the plant. If you prefer winter texture, it’s also okay to do this in the Spring.
Trim spent blooms off shrubs and trim long branches to give a nice shape to the shrub but do not trim any lilacs or oaks at this time of the year. You would be removing the flower buds of the lilac and therefore you would not get any flowers in the spring. It’s best to trim Oaks (and most other trees) in Feb. while they are dormant to reduce the risk of diseases.
Rake up leaves and compost them. Pull out dead annuals and add mums or fall pansies to your planters. Blow out your sprinkler system. Do this before a freeze to prevent possible cracks or future repairs if ice were to form in the lines and heads. Consider covering any backflow preventers to extend their life and possible damage from hard freezes.
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