How do you practice good lawn care in the winter?
According to lots of people, you don’t. You sit inside in a comfy sweater and sip on hot cocoa. You let everything else take care of itself, because it’s winter and nothing is growing. Maybe you have a favorite book you’d like to read…
You get the idea. Wintertime is “downtime.” However, that’s a little bit overly simplistic when you look at seasonal lawn maintenance and landscaping care from a professional perspective.
To some extent, it’s true that you don’t have a lot to do during the winter. Hopefully, you’ve put your perennials to bed with the right kinds of pruning and cleaning up. In fact, a lot of what you should do in the winter involves actually not doing things. We’ll explain.
One of the best things you can do for a lawn during the winter is limit lawn traffic. Too much pressure can leave a lawn in worse shape in the spring. Then there are the kinds of snafus that you can expect if you, say, drive a pickup truck into your front yard over a few inches of snow. Maybe you don’t see where the water line intake is, and you actually crush a pipe! You might not even notice it until a thaw…although you’ll probably see the damage in terms of your water pressure inside.
Here’s another major example of how to handle your lawn with care during the winter. Snow removal is a difficult job, in some ways. It’s definitely necessary. But in too many cases, it leaves gashes and slashes on lawns, and knocks trees and shrubs in every direction.
To the extent that snow removal personnel can avoid these kinds of damage, that’s going to be good for your property in the spring.
Buildings and Trees
It’s also a good idea to look at ice mitigation, especially if you’re in a very cold climate.
Evaluate your buildings and trees, and how they are placed. You may want to get an ice dam removal system for your roof, or take other measures to limit the kinds of damage that the elements can do during a heavy winter.
For more, turn to Green Life Property Services. We can help! We are experienced in helping locals with everything they need to keep their properties in tip-top condition. Don’t wait until you have a “lawn care emergency” – ask us about seasonal maintenance plans and what they can do for your home or business property.