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Walk Your Yard Now to Help it This Winter

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

The winter season varies greatly throughout the United States. Those of us who live in winter climates with below-freezing temperatures have to take a few extra precautions to prepare for winter.

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Walk Your Yard One More Time

A lot of homeowners have put away the lawnmower for the year, or will soon. When you have finished raking leaves, take a moment to walk your yard. Look at the bases of your ornamental trees and at your planting beds. The forests provide a natural mulch for trees with fallen leaves, but we remove nature's mulch in our yards by raking them away.

Ensure that your trees and plants have mulch to help protect them from the cold temperatures before they arrive. Check to see if any of your smaller trees will need support from winter's strong winds, and if necessary, use stakes to help them stay upright and rooted all winter.

Summer Play Can Affect Winter Drainage

Look at your yard's contours. Have they changed over the past few months? If your family spends a lot of time in the yard during the summer, drainage patterns can be interrupted. Children and pets can wear paths in a yard that could hold water when the ground is frozen, or snow is melting, and prevent the drainage design from working properly. Standing water is harmful to your lawn and to any plants or trees that are nearby.

Use topsoil to fill in any possible low spots and either apply a winter grass seed or mulch, depending on the location. Taking an afternoon to walk your lawn and take care of potential problems now will help your grass, plants, and trees to a healthy start next spring.



About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.




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