Everyone loves to have a manicured, highly maintained yard in their houses that increases the value of their property. However, this aesthetically appealing part of your property comes with a big responsibility: landscape maintenance.
The small garden in your house will look like a sepia-tinted picture that you can easily find in old photo albums. It is important to keep your garden clean and visually appealing. While it is easy to take care of the yard for the rest of the year, you don't have the energy to pay attention to landscape maintenance during winter. Yeah, we understand. It's the cold that should be blamed.
But, maintaining your yard during winter is important to ensure that you have a green and clean garden in spring. Ah, even the thought of blooming flowers makes us happy! Here are some lawn care tips that you can employ to keep your lawn well-maintained.
1. Clear Your Yard
At this time, your lawn may be covered with autumn leaves. If it looks like a tedious task, you can always call a professional to get rid of piles of leaves. In addition, get rid of all kinds of tools and toys. If these items are left in the garden for too long, they will prevent the growth of grass.
2. Minimize Foot Traffic
You have to make serious efforts to minimize the foot traffic on the grass. If you cut a path across the grass, your lawn will take longer to recover. While your guests - and even you - can easily avoid walking on the lawn during summer when the grass is greener, you have to cautiously avoid treading on the lawn in winter. In this regard, it is also important to keep your pathways clear so that you or your guests are not tempted to walk on the lawn.
3. Don't Use Too Much Salt
Many homeowners use salt to get rid of the mountains of snow in their backyard. While this seems like a harmless home remedy, it actually has damaging side effects. The salt can damage your trees by keeping water away from them. When you are deicing, use products that contain calcium chloride because this compound does not harm your lawn.
4. Snow Removal
Inspect whether your trees' branches can survive heavy snowload. If there are any weak branches, tie them together so that they don't break during a snowstorm. Also, when you are removing the snow settled on the branches, don't shake the branches as it will break them. Instead, brush the snow off.
5. Use Mulch
A layer of mulch around the trees, which is a good nutrient for your grass, provides winter protection to your landscape. The mulch will also maintain the temperature of the soil around the roots, helping the trees grow at a normal pace.
Taking care of your lawn during winter is not as difficult as you think it to be. With the proper steps, you can easily shield your young trees and the lawn against any damage.