Just because the leaves are now falling, all the flowers are gone, and the air is developing a notable chill, don’t think that the landscaping challenges can be put aside until warm weather returns. As experienced gardeners and professional landscapers know, there are meaningful and productive projects that should be performed during the colder months.
Many homeowners are unaware of the threat to their investments that not preparing for winter weather can pose. Professional landscapers understand that approaching cold season can be as busy as any other.
Here are some critical areas of concern for protecting people and properties from winter weather challenges:
- Clear Away the Leaves
Accumulated fallen leaves, particularly on properties where leaf bearing trees are abundant, can clog gutters and damage roofs. Also, clearing wet leaves from the lawn in the fall will allow the lawn to have a fresh start in the early spring.
- Prune Away
For most trees, bushes, and shrubs, pruning is best done in the late fall when leaves have fallen and the plant or tree structure is more visible. Shaping and reducing the growth will restore the desired shape as the plant becomes dormant. In the spring, new growth starts the process over again. Many homeowners do not know how and when to properly prune, while a professional can produce the best results for the long-term health of any plants or trees.
- Winterize Outdoor Irrigation
In colder climates, irrigation systems must be blown out and moisture free for the coming freezing weather. Professionals with the right equipment should execute the winterization process before the first hard freeze to keep the system in good working order when the spring thaw arrives. A properly maintained irrigation system should last for many years.
- Rework the Lawn
A professional landscaper takes advantage of late fall weather to rake and clear the lawn of all debris. Any bare spots can receive new soil to allow grass seed to spread in the spring. Any depressions can be filled and leveled during this time.
- Clear Away Snow and Ice
Even in mid-winter, a professional landscaper can ensure the safety of occupants and visitors by clearing away accumulating snow and ice. Winter storms create dangerous footing and cause substantial damage to property. Having snow and ice removal services is vital for private homeowners and businesses as well.