Five Tips for Protecting Your Lawn and Garden This Winter

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For many people, winter weather means skiing, snowmen, and sipping hot cocoa in front of a blazing fire. It can also mean a lot of lawn and plant damage for the unprepared. The following five tips can help you get your yard and garden ready for the hard winter months ahead.

1. Clean and trim your lawn

Rake all the leaves from your lawn to prevent matting and subsequent suffocation of the grass underneath. Grass should be trimmed to about 1.5” to reduce the risk of mold, mildew and rodents. A riding lawn mower may be a sound investment for those with larger grassy areas. This and other useful equipment can be found at farm supply websites such as www.hurstfs.com.

2. Protect your plants

Deer, rodents, and rabbits often invade gardens looking for food in wintertime. These animals strip the soft green growths of shrubs and trees, leading to damage or the death of the plants as their inner layers are exposed to harsh temperatures. Wrap your shrubs in wire netting, and put up plastic or fabric guards on the lower trunks of trees to prevent this kind of loss.

3. Cover your compost

You can take the leaves you raked this fall and any dead plants from the vegetable patch to add to your compost pile. Leaves or straw will help insulate the pile and prevent the buildup of moisture which can cause the pile to stink. Covering the compost with a tarp helps keep the decomposition process going through the winter.

4. Strengthen your trees

Pruning should generally be avoided in the fall. Pruning encourages the formation of new and tender growth that is easily damaged or killed by harsh winter weather. Monitor young or small trees and shrubs and gently shake off heavy and wet snow as it can break branches.

5. Use the snow

Believe it or not, snow is a good insulator. Low shrubs or perennials may benefit from frequent coverings of soft, fresh snow except in gardens with bulbs or low-lying plots that may collect water in the spring as this can cause rot and mold. Avoid shoveling wet or heavy snow onto shrubs and trees as this can damage them.

There are many things you can do to prepare your lawn and gardens for winter. While it can sometimes seem like a chore, a small investment of time can lead to a healthier lawn and well-fertilized garden plot for the following spring. 

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