Your yard is a wonderful place for all the family to spend time together in the summer. You may even throw the odd garden party during the warmer weather. When you invite visitors to your yard, you want it to look as good as it can.
Keeping your yard clean and tidy is an all year round job. Just because you spend less time outdoors during the winter, it doesn’t mean you can neglect yard maintenance. Here are some ways you can keep your yard looking good in the colder months.
Weeds don’t just look unsightly; they can also cause damage in your yard. If weeds start growing in the cracks in your patio, they can damage the concrete to the point where you’ll need to replace it. Weeds can also be inviting for pests during the winter.
Pests look for places to shelter in cold weather so when weeds build up, they provide the perfect cover. It’s essential to remove weeds as soon as you spot them and dig them out from the root.
Autumn and winter bring with them tons of debris. This is especially true when you have trees near your yard. You may notice a build up on leaves on your lawn, along with twigs and branches. You can use a rake to gather any debris and clear it from your yard.
This will help to make your yard look cleaner but it will also protect it from damage that can build up underneath the debris.
Just like lawns, patios can collect debris and dirt. They often look messy when they aren’t regularly cleaned. Pressure washing your patios and driveways can help prolong the life of the concrete or stone.
Keeping your patio in good condition means it’s less likely to develop cracks or become unstable.
Don’t Mow Wet Grass
When your grass gets long in the winter, it’s tempting to get the lawn mower out and correct the problem. However, your grass will respond much better to being mowed when it’s dry. Wait for milder days to tackle the length of your grass.
Many people make the mistake of taking grass down short in the winter. Make sure to keep your grass at least 3 inches high so it benefits from the rainfall.
Snow will inevitably damage parts of your yard but it can also offer a layer of protection. For example, it’s okay to leave snow on plants and shrubbery. It’s also okay to leave snow on your lawn, unless you have small children building snowmen.
Moving big piles of snow into sections of your lawn could cause damage to those sections so it’s often better to leave snow where it falls. Clearing snow from your patio and driveway will keep them looking tidy and provide a safe passage for anyone walking to and fro.
Keeping a well maintained garden can feel like a never ending job but it’s worth it when you get to make precious memories with family and friends.