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GETTING READY FOR WINTER

1/4/2019

You've worked hard to get your yard, garden, and other aspects of your new home's landscape looking great. You want to make sure that's not all lost as soon as freezing temperatures hit! As temperatures continue to cool, now's the perfect time to start preparing your landscape for winter in Michigan. Here are some things to do to help you get ready for the colder season.
 
Take Care of Fall Leaves
Fall leaves may be beautiful to look at, but any yard owner knows what a pain they can be to manage – it’s as though they never stop coming! Most homeowners choose to remove leaves via raking (or other leaf-removal methods) as this tends to be the option with the least ongoing work (once they’re gone, they’re gone!). Other homeowners may choose to mulch their leaves, although this must be done carefully, as a layer of leaves that is too thick prevents mulching. Mulching also requires raking up the leaves, chopping them, and reapplying them in an even level.

Continue to Cut the Grass
Did you know that your grass, despite cool temperatures, will keep growing until the ground freezes? Did you also know that the longer the grass is when snow hits, the greater the risk of fungus damage? Keeping your grass short by cutting it once every one-to-two weeks is ideal, until it is too cold to cut or the snow falls.

Manage Your Perennials
Before you cut back any plants, you should make sure to look up the specific plant type and instructions for care. That being said, the majority of perennials should be cut back to near soil level using sharp pruners.

Don’t Forget about Winter Landscaping!
Finally, remember to remove any garden hoses from outdoor spigots and cover them with insulating foam. This will help prevent frozen/burst pipes later on. Failing to take fall lawn care and winter lawn care steps could mean a big headache come springtime. As temperatures cool, now’s the time to get to work. You’ll be glad you did!

 

 
 

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