After-winter care tips – Landscape Maintenance

The harsh winter weather could have ravaged your beautiful green yard which you had lovingly and diligently maintained last summer. But don’t lose heart just yet! There are always solutions to undertake yard maintenance after the cold season. Don’t expect a lush green lawn at first. You should work with Mother Nature in aiming for a healthy and beautiful looking landscape in the days to come. Some of the steps that can be taken for after-winter care are listed below:
  • Cleaning - Winter can really cause problems for your landscaping so make sure that items like logs and tree branches aren’t left on the lawn during winter. Bacteria will breed on them and can completely kill off the lawn during that period. To bring back life and vitality to your outdoor space, you need to do some “cleaning” of your yard or garden with a leaf rake. Add a thin layer of good quality lawn soil without compost before reseeding the area as it may be too heavy or waterproof the surface area of the lawn. If you don’t take these steps before planting, then you can be sure that the weeds will. The newly added soil can be levelled with a rake.
  • Fertilization - Fertilization is a very important feature of landscaping which many homeowners neglect. Before the onset of the autumn season, you should take time to fertilize your garden or yard. This allows the landscape to absorb the vitamins and nutrients and also help the grass withstand harsh elements throughout the year. Fertilizers keep the landscape strong and healthy until the weather warms up during spring. For those who possess a green thumb and fancy a little DIY project, then all you need is some garden equipment and a little time to get the job done.
  • Aeration – You can prepare your garden for the best performance and landscape growth all through the year by aerating your grass before winter chills. This process allows the grass to breathe and will help in creating a strong, luscious looking lawn by the spring season as it absorbs a lot of vital nutrients needed for proper growth. You can employ the services of a landscaping contractor to undertake manual aerating strategies for optimum guaranteed results and also to get the best out of your garden or yard.
  • Mowing regularly - It's always better to be early than to be late. Mowing the lawn regularly is necessary during spring as grass tends to grow quickly. The newly grown grass pushes the old desiccated tissue to the top surface, where the sharp blades will trim it off cleanly making room for new, healthy grass. The mower height should be set accordingly to make sure that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. When temperatures start heating up during summer, you should consider raising the mower height to 3 inches so as to reduce stress on your lawn. To help speed up the return of nutrients into the lawn soil, consider leaving clippings on your lawn rather than bagging them
  • Managing Pests - Milder winter temperatures allow a lot of insects to survive the cold season and early onset of spring can generate a longer growing season for various types of insects. The best approach to keep insects at bay is to contact a certified arborist who will recommend a safe and effective solution by evaluating your property thoroughly.
  • Preventing diseases – Prevention is better than cure and this phrase applies to protecting your landscape as well. When buds begin to swell and break open, various types of diseases like cedar-apple rust, dogwood anthracnose, leaf spot /apple scab diseases and diplodia tip blight can gain an early advantage. If these diseases are prevented ahead of time, there are ways to lessen damage to your flowering plants, shrubs and trees during early spring.
By following these simple garden maintenance tips for your landscape, you can be ensured that your lawn looks green, strong and beautiful when the weather begins to warm up again.