Winter is coming: Prepare your lawn for the winter!
- November 29, 2017
Getting your landscape ready for a Colorado winter involves a set of practices that are unique to the climate, topography, soil types and other characteristics of the area. With the onset of the cold, icy and snowy conditions that winter brings, landscapes need a boost that will help them get through the winter successfully – set up well for a strong spring emergence.
With that in mind, here are a few things that you can do to help your landscape thrive through the winter months:
By late fall and early winter, landscape plants have typically gone weeks (and in some areas, months) since they’ve received a substantial rainfall – enough to completely hydrate the deepest roots of larger vegetation.
Providing a deep watering of all landscape plants – as well as turf – keeps these plants from drying out even further in the winter months – which can compromise their health and their ability to regenerate in the spring. The entire drip line around the plants should be soaked, using an automatic or manual sprinkler.
By removing dead or dying branches, leaves and overgrowth, the plants that make up your landscape have less vegetation to support during the cold winter months. It also reduces the load on the trees and bushes as they are weighed down with snow and ice. In the spring, these plants will recover more quickly, returning to a healthy vigor more readily than if just left alone.
Removing weeds from around the plants in your landscape as well as from your lawn reduces the stress on the turf while preparing your lawn and landscape for a weed-free spring. Weeds tend to handle the colder weather better than non-native or native plants and grasses, as they are preparing for their emergence next spring, by storing food and strengthening their hold.
Manually removing these weeds from your lawn and landscape in the fall effectively improves the overall health of your turf. When removing the weeds, make sure to get all or as much of the root as possible, so as to kill the weed. Leaving the roots will allow the weed to grow again in the spring.
When overseeding a lawn in Colorado, it is important that you use drought-tolerant seed types. Typically, box brands of grass seed will not contain the type of grasses needed for a healthy Colorado lawn; they are usually available from local seed providers and retailers.
After overseeding, fertilize the lawn with a starter type fertilizer product. It is important to water the lawn and to keep it moist (prevent it from drying out completely) for up to 2 weeks, or until the grass seeds begin to germinate.
Integrated Lawn & Tree understands the special challenges that lawns, trees, and landscapes face in Colorado. We’d love to talk with you about the special challenges your lawn & landscaping face – and the ways we can help enhance the health and beauty of your property.