Winter and late fall are deemed inactive seasons of the year in terms of outdoor activities. However, they give you the time needed to prepare your outdoor space (lawn) for the coming growing season through Memphis lawn maintenance. Lawn care in winter allows you to maintain a healthy and attractive landscape. Here are some Memphis landscape maintenance tips to get you started.
Top 5 Lawn Care in Memphis Tips for Keeping Your Landscape Healthy in Winter
There are a number of activities you can carry out within your outdoor space to give your landscape the look it deserves. Read on to find out more.
1. Removal of Debris and Leaves
Trees and shrubs shed their leaves in fall and into winter, giving lawns an unpleasant look. What’s more, when your grass is covered in leaves and debris, they fail to get enough sunlight to promote their growth and food synthesis. It’s therefore important to clean your lawn often to eliminate leaves and debris.
2. Trimming of Hedges, Shrubs and Trees
The best times of the year to trim and prune your perennial plants (peonies, liriope, hostas, daisies, etc.) are in late fall and winter. Lawn care during these dormant months should include pruning your hedges and shrubs. Your deciduous and evergreen trees can also be trimmed in winter.
Trees should be inspected first before being trimmed; look out for decayed or falling branches and remove them as necessary. Although your trees, hedges and shrubs can be pruned the DIY way, it’s best to hire a lawn service for a clean job. This is especially true if you aren’t sure of your pruning skills.
A reliable and insured local Memphis lawn care company can provide professional services to give your landscape an appealing look. Since heavy snow and high winds during winter storms can cause bad hazards from dead limbs, remove high branches and dead trees before winter.
All-State Pest and Lawn has the equipment, tools, machines and highly skilled manpower to best prune your shrubs, perennials and trees. If doing the pruning yourself, ensure that you have the right hedge trimmers, hand tools, chainsaws and pruners to get the pruning and trimming jobs done properly.
3. Preparing Planting Beds before Mulching
Before the onset of spring, your planting beds should be ready for planting. In just four simple steps, you can head start your lawn care in Memphis. The first step involves pruning all the trees, shrubs and perennials standing in your planting beds.
Removal of debris and leaves follows as the second step. Next, define the planting beds’ edges once you’ve cleared out all the trash. Do this by hard edging the beds and then use a lawn mower to make a perimeter pass on the edges of the planting beds.
Trim the beds in lines for a crisp and clean look of your lawn. The last step involves planting bulbs on the raised and well-drained planting bed, ready for spring. Ensure that your trimmers and blowers are ready for preparing the planting beds.
4. Mulch Spreading and Contouring
Mulch helps retain water in soil, protect against the harsh weather in winter and even elevate the aesthetic look of your landscape. Upon preparing your planting beds, mulch them at 1.5 to 2 inches depth to protect and provide warmth to the roots of plants.
Finally, pat the mulch downwards using the back of a rake or pitchfork, a process known as contouring. This gives your planting beds and lawn at large, a finished look.
5. Residence, Equipment and Memphis Landscape Maintenance
Prevent your lawn from matting beneath the winter snow by mowing it for the last time before fall comes to an end. Protect your evergreen plants from freezing and windburn in winter using a moisture sealant that’s environment-friendly and safe. For instance, Wilt Pruf can offer your camellias, laurels, gardenias, rhododendrons, etc. the protection they need from the harsh winter weather.
Avoid walking on your lawn if it’s frozen during winter; this prevents bare spots development, which don’t go away till spring arrives and your grass comes out of dormancy.
Prevent snow damages that may occur in winter by tying up loose branches of your boxwoods and evergreen plants. Frozen limbs can be highly fragile; therefore, avoid hitting shrubs with snow shovel or broom to knock off snow. Serious damages can arise from even the lightest poke at shrubs.
All your water and irrigation systems should be well-winterized, ready for the harsh winter weather. Turn off and cover all water spigots. Keep leftover organic chemicals in warm places where they can’t freeze, for winter.
All tools should be winterized. Remove gasoline left in fuel lines and equipment engines, such as mowers. Prolonged storage of engines without use (and gas left inside) can cause fuel lines to gum up. Spades, shovels, pruners and hoes should be sharpened as part of maintenance. Rub linseed oil on wooden handles of your tools and use a cloth dipped in oil to wipe metal blades to avoid rust.
Clean out your downspouts and gutters of your home to prepare it for the cold season; remove all the leaves and debris on such surfaces. Fasten your climbing roses to protect them from wind damage. If you have plants that flower early or those with tender stems, stake them around and use burlap to cover them in case the weather man forecasts a spell of extreme cold.
All-State Pest and Lawn can offer you lawn service in Memphis. Otherwise, service your garden equipment and lawn tools in winter, as you prepare for the coming growing season, spring. Change your mower’s air filter, sharpen its blades and install new spark plug(s) so that when spring comes, you’re ready to start planting.