In Kentuckiana, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer and colder. After a long summer of toiling, weeding, planting, and fertilizing, it’s time to kick back and relax. It’s finally the time of year when we pack away the tractor and lawn equipment for the year and huddle indoors with our loved ones. But just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you get to stop taking care of your yard.
Turn Off Outside Watering Systems
If your yard has an automatic sprinkler system, make sure you turn it off and flush all the water out of the pipes. Leaving water in your pipes will cause them to burst when they freeze creating a very expensive mess for you to clean up. Detach garden hoses from outside faucets and drain them before storing them to prevent cracking. You may also want to shut off the water to your outside faucets as well.
Yes, it’s late in the season to be raking but you’d be surprised how many homeowners leave their leaves covering their yard all winter. Large thick mats of wet leaves can kill the sensitive grass underneath, creating the ideal conditions for fungus like snow mold. Leaves can be stored in compost piles or bins and used later for homemade compost.
Cover Flower Beds
If you plant perennial bulbs in your Kentuckiana flower beds then you need to protect them from the harsh winter cold. Remember how you are supposed to rake your leaves in the fall? Leftover leaves from fall or mulch from your compost bins make a great winter blanket for sensitive bulbs and even tree and shrub roots.
Bring In Non-Native Plants
Don’t forget about any tropical or climate-sensitive plants you have decorating your patio or deck. Just a brief exposure to frost can kill your beloved plants so bring them indoors before it’s too late or at least cover them at night to protect them. Frost-sensitive plants include cactuses, succulents, or any annual plants you wish to save. Store them in a warm and sunny spot and don’t forget to water them regularly.
The fall is the best time to transplant trees because they are dormant and less sensitive to shock from transplantation. If you have any trees or shrubs in your yard that you wanted to transplant during the summer, now is the time to do it. Transplanting a tree can be tricky, especially in the summer, which can lead to shock and permanent damage to limbs. To prevent this, transplant when the tree is dormant.
Winterize Your Kentuckiana Trees and Shrubs
Winters don’t get too cold here in Kentuckiana but occasionally temperatures can dip pretty low. If you have any young, newly transplanted, or vulnerable trees or shrubs that you think might be damaged by the heavy snow or deep freezing temperatures there are a few things you can do to protect them.
- You can wrap them in burlap to protect them from sunscald.
- Place mulch around the root zone to insulate roots.
Hire A Professional Snow Removal Service
A blanket of fresh winter snow looks beautiful in your backyard but it poses risks to both property and personal safety. If you own a business, it’s important to get your driveways or parking lots clear as soon as possible or you’ll risk losing your customers. Doing all the work yourself can be backbreaking and downright dangerous. Hiring a reliable snow removal company for your home or business can make your life a lot easier.
Get Professional Snow Removal Services From 2YardPros
Don’t wait until the first snowfall to dig yourself out. Hire the pros at 2YardPros to get the job done. With snow removal service from 2YardPros, you can count on us to be there bright and early to clear your walkways, driveways, and parking lots so you will always be open for business. We use the latest in snow removal technology which means better results and less damage to your parking lot surfaces.
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