As we quickly approach the holiday season, we are also approaching cold weather which means it’s time to prepare your home and landscape for the ice and snow. Here are a few quick tips that can help you save time, money and frustration.
Before your lawn goes into its dormancy period between November and December, think about doing one last cut on a lower setting. This will help aid in the cleanup process but avoid going too short, this can affect the roots of the grass.
Give your lawn a thorough cleaning. Keeping it free from things such as leaves, acorns and other debris will allow for the proper amount of light, air, and water to reach the roots of the lawn; promoting a thicker lawn in the spring.
This is also a great time to get your soil pH levels tested and add any fertilizers or amendments your soil may need for a proper pH level. Having the right pH level will ensure a fuller and healthier lawn. Plants need the right nutrients to grow, just like we do.
Another thing you can do to protect your home is to clean out those gutters. This will help to avoid backups and ice dams which can cause serious damage to your fascia board, roofing, and siding.
Before the first cold snap hits, you will want to disconnect, drain and store your garden hoses inside the garage or other winterized location. Turn off water to any faucets that are not protected against freezing temps to avoid your pipes bursting and damage to your home.
Never use fertilizers that contain nitrogen to melt ice on driveways and walkways. Not only do they not work, but it is also against the law to use them. Other things to avoid are cat litter because it can get pretty messy when the weather warms up and also avoid salt since this can damage your lawn, plants and the runoff can actually increase algae growth.
Finding the time to follow these steps will help protect your home and garden from common issues that happen every year. If you would prefer our trained technicians to perform these steps for your Bowie, MD lawn and landscape, give us a call today at (301) 501-5030.