Avoiding Winter Landscape Damage
Spring is right around the corner, and it implies that it’s time for some seasonal home and lawn maintenance. After enduring another harsh Lynchburg winter where we set a record for consecutive days below freezing, your property may need some repair before spring. Springtime calls for maintenance in your yard for the upcoming growing season that doesn’t always require the same attention other times of year.
To make sure your yard looks great for spring, the first thing you need to do is to perform a visual survey of the yard and landscape and assess the damage and areas of concern. Here are some things that you can do in order to keep your home ready for the spring:
The winter is when you spend the least amount of time thinking of your lawn. Unless you live in an area that is relatively warm all year long, chances are you have stowed the lawn care machines and equipment away and are ready for a few months of relaxation before you have to start the lawn maintenance routine again.
Earlier on in the winter there is still a window of time to fertilize cool season grasses. Since the majority of the lawns in North America are made from these grasses, like Bermuda and bluegrass, theres a good chance your lawn has a typical cool season blend.
Previous to the first freeze, go through your lawn with a thorough fertilizing to replenish all of the nutrients that may have been lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns frigid, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long.
When spring comes back around your lawn will be full of healthy, lush, green grass that has been feeding on good fertilizer nutrients underneath the snow.
Keep it Clean
In a long Winter it is easy for items to be left on the lawn when no one goes outside very often. Stray logs, toys, and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes.
If you do an occasional sweep of the lawn you can make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects. This helps prevent large dead spots because of the weight of the object. Otherwise in the spring the grass in those areas will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard.
Avoid Excessive Lawn Traffic
When the grass is brown and short it can be easy for people to forget that it shouldn’t be walked on. Try to prevent very much foot traffic on your winter lawn. Grass is relatively resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes well worn across the lawn.
When snowfalls come it can be easy to take the shortest path across the lawn to the curb, avoid this to avoid trails of dead spots come spring.
Spring Property Kick-Off
CLC can get your property ready for the upcoming spring season. As part of our Spring Property Kick-Off, we remove the winter debris from your yard and garden beds, as well as inspect your lawn for potential problems such as snow mold and other turf-grass diseases. We take the appropriate steps to rid your lawn of any of these issues. And if needed, we will also mow the lawn so that you begin the season with a finished and pristine look!
As part of our package we offer:
-Annuals planting (pansies)