3 Reasons Why It's Important to Winterize Your Landscape

The fall season is beautiful, but it means one thing for your lawn - winter is coming. Through the Midwest, we're a hit or miss area. Sometimes the winter can be brutally cold with a lot of snow and ice, while other times the transition to spring is almost unrecognizable because it's been so nice. It's always best to prepare you landscape for the cold weather, though, just in case it does happen. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you think about winterizing your lawn.

Fall Work Equals Spring Reward

There are a few things you can have done in the fall that will make a huge impact on your garden and your landscape in the summer. You'll want to start with raking all of the leaves. When dead leaves are left on a landscape through the winter, they are constantly getting wet, and then sitting there for periods of time, giving it an opportunity to rot and mildew - which does not bode well for your grass seed. In fact, if you want good grass in the summer, the fall is really when you need to start thinking about it. You can fertilize it and over seed it. Both of which will help improve the overall look.

Raking a yard can be a huge task to take on, especially if you have a large landscape. If you are dreading this chore - call Paradise Landscaping! We have a wonderful crew who would love to come in and help you get this area of your landscape taken care of.

Care For Your Garden Beds

Now that your landscape has been addressed, it's time to get your garden beds cared for as well. If you have garden beds filled with annual plants, you'll want to remove the dead plant matter. This will protect the ground from decay over the winter. You can then either till the garden space so it's ready for the next season, or you can cover it with mulch to protect it for next year.

Winterizing Trees & Shrubs

If you have deciduous shrubs in your landscape, you can cover them up to keep any snow or ice from building up on the limbs and causing damage. These types of shrubs generally aren't attractive in the winter, so you won't be losing visual appeal by covering them. In contrast, evergreens are a staple for your winter landscape, so you'll want to keep those uncovered.

For your trees, there are two things that harm them during the winter months: lack of water and snow damage. You can make sure they are well hydrated when going into winter by watering them. Just make sure that you only water them after their leaves have fallen and before frost sets in.

The Best Landscaping Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Fall lawn care can be back breaking work, from raking and disposing of the leaves, to covering plants and planting grass seed. Thankfully, you know a team of landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks who would love nothing more than to help you care for your landscape. If you want to know more about our services, please visit our website at www.DesignYourParadise.com, or give us a call at 573-964-6515. We would love to help you create the perfect paradise in your own back yard with custom landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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