For many people, December is not peak gardening season. As the end of the year rolls around, it’s common for many of us to shift our attention away from lawn care and towards the Holiday season. However, ignoring your lawn throughout December can be costly. Plants can be lost, trees can be damaged and your lawn can take the full brunt of the harsh winter cold. That’s why we like to advise homeowners to be mindful of a few minor winter routines that can pay big dividends down the road.
Despite conventional wisdom, there is much you can do in December to maintain your lawn and garden. Just a bit of regular maintenance and knowhow this December can go a long way towards protecting your lawn from the winter cold and having it prepared to triumphantly return to its lush, green form when spring time comes around again.
A few important things we always include on our own personal to-do lists, that can keep your lawn alive through a long, cold December and ready to thrive in the new year, include:
- Winterize all lawn equipment and tools according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fertilize before the first freeze to replace all of the nutrients in the soil that may have been lost during the hot summer months.
- Regularly rake gently to prevent leaves from piling up.
- Clean and service your lawn mower to ensure it’s ready for next season.
- Treat lawns for potential pests.
- Check out plant and seed catalogues for ideas for next year.
Trees & Shrubs
- Continue adding mulch to trees and shrubs.
- Protect your shrubbery from rodents and other animals who may seek alternate food sources during the winter.
- Defend trees and shrubs against frost.
- Continue planting trees, shrubs and hedges for next year.
Taking these handy steps can help put you ahead of the game come next spring. If you would prefer to curl up by the fireplace and leave the lawn care to the professionals, you can always call the experts at Turf Shield. Contact Turf Shield today for your year-round lawn care needs and reap the benefits of letting the pros handle the yardwork for you. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for additional tips, stories & developments in the world of lawn maintenance.