The leaves are going, going, gone! And what’s that? The evenings now require chunky sweaters, long fuzzy pants and the woolliest socks we can find – yes we know we need to work on our style…
Whether we want it or not, it’s time to prepare our yards for their long winter’s nap. The bonus is that properly preparing your yard for the winter will help it revive quickly come spring, saving you time and energy.
Follow these fall landscaping tips to make sure your yard stays healthy this winter season!
1. Keep taking care of your yard (for as long as you can)
Just because your lawn’s slowing down with the colder weather doesn’t mean you should too. By keeping your lawn cut and clear of leaves and refuse, it will help it to stay healthy, even over winter. Remember to fertilize your lawn too as this will keep hardy from the shock of that first winter frost.
2. Get a head start on colour
It may seem weird to start thinking about flowers when the trees are losing their leaves – and fast. However, fall is the best time to plant flower bulbs for next spring. As long as you plant the bulbs low enough to prevent them from being frozen, this will give you a jump on creating that beautiful, colourful garden come spring.
3. Protect your yard
There are three main ways you can protect your yard against our volatile southern Alberta winters:
- Spread mulch
- Shield shrubs and plants
- Tidy up your yard
Spread 5 to 8 centimetres of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees to help protect their roots from frost as well as help to retain moisture during our dry, cold winters.
Shield shrubs and plants
Southern Alberta’s cold, powerful winds can damage unprotected shrubs and our intermittent heavy snowfalls can compound the damage by breaking off any dry, fragile branches. To help protect your plants and shrubs, hide any small plants beneath upturned buckets and wrap up the tops of any vulnerable shrubs with burlap.
Tidy up your yard
Not only does cleaning up the yard give it a neat facelift it also gives it a great headstart come spring.
Remove dead annuals and deadhead spent blooms and cut back any dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials. There’s no need to prune your shrubs and trees, but if there are dead branches, remove them as well as any dead blossoms.
4. Winterize your yard tools
Finally, after all that work is done, it’s time to turn your attention to all those yard tools you’ve used. Before you put them away for the winter, make sure they’re clean and dry to stop them from premature rust. After all, they’ve helped you protect your yard, so make sure you protect them.
Make spring 2019 the best yet with these fall landscaping tips
We may not be able to speed up the arrival of spring, but by getting your lawn ready for hibernation you can make sure it’s ready for spring 2019! That means a brighter yard in spring, with less time spent looking at a dreary, sodden mess of a backyard. We call that a win-win.
And if you need any help, we can offer peace of mind through some great autumn clean up packages.
So get out there and start readying your yard for spring. You’ll be thanking us in 2019.