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How to Winterize Your Yard

Posted on: November 14, 2011

The cold months are now here, and you might be wondering how to winterize your yard and keep everything from getting destroyed by the weather. If you just leave your plants, patio furniture and other outdoor items at the mercy of the cold Maryland winter, you might find that come spring, these items have been damaged! So how can you keep this from happening?

At Four Seasons, we know how frustrating it can be to invest a lot of time and money into your yard only to see it all ruined by the cold. If you winterize your outdoor living space – including the lawn, garden, patio and deck – and use these handy tips, your yard will look beautiful when the spring comes!

How to Winterize Your Lawn

Mulch Around Trees and Plants

Adding a few inches of mulch around your trees and plants is a great way to winterize your garden. The extra mulch will help protect the root system from the harsh weather.

Bring Potted Plants Inside

The simplest way to winterize your yard is to bring potted plants inside. Small potted plants on your porch or deck have a much better chance of survival inside your home during the cold season. Rather than having to worry about them all winter, bring them inside where the temperature is controlled.

Cover Delicate Plants

If you have sensitive plants (Hibiscus, Ginger, Holly Fern, etc.), cover them with burlap when there is an ice storm or heavy snowfall. For small plants, a plastic container works great as a cover. Avoiding direct contact with the harshest forms of winter weather will help keep your plants alive.

Put Outdoor Furniture into Storage

Your outdoor patio and deck furniture are also an important aspect of winterizing your yard. Your outdoor furniture can get damaged by the ice and snow that comes with the winter months. Moving them inside will ensure you can enjoy your outdoor furniture next season!

Remove Any Debris from Your Lawn

To fully winterize your lawn, it’s a good idea to remove any debris, such as leaves. Leaves will deprive your grass of oxygen during the winter and cause the grass to die.

Turn Off Water Enhancements

Just as you prepare your pool for the winter, you also need to winterize your water enhancements such as waterfalls. Failing to winterize your water features could seriously damage them – and you don’t want to have to deal with major repairs in the spring. Be sure to remove all the water and clean out any debris. You should also take out the pump and store it indoors to protect it from the cold.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn will give your grass the nutrients it needs to survive during the winter. If you want your grass to grow back healthy and green in the spring, include fertilizer in your plan to winterize your lawn!

Contact Four Seasons for more tips on how to winterize your lawn and prepare your yard for the cold season!

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