As the winter winds come rolling in, you probably already have a lot of work to do to get ready for the cold season. You need to make sure your furnace is in good condition and it’s time to wash those winter coats and add extra blankets to the beds. In the hustle and bustle, many people forget that they also need to winterize the exterior of their home. This helps to improve curb appeal through those desolate months and make your yard easier to beautify in the spring.
Here are just a few of the things that you may want to do to winterize the exterior of your home this winter:
Weed Your Yard & Flowerbeds
During the summer months, nutrients are freely available for your grass and plants. Winter makes competition for these same resources fierce. In order to allow your plants to thrive, you should rid them of the weeds that consume all the life-giving nutrients in the soil. Try to remove them before the first frost for the best results.
You may not think much of spreading fertilizer in the winter but this can be a great way to strengthen the grass that remains. Look for bags that are specifically formulated for these cold winter months. Spread it evenly across the lawn being careful not to spread too much in any given area. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to fertilizer and overdoing it could lead to burnt grass.
Grow New Grass
If you live in a colder climate, it may be time to seed your yard for a new type of grass entirely. This should be done during the autumn before temperatures start dropping below 10 degrees Celsius during the daytime. Much like fertilizer, you should be on the lookout for bags that are marked as winter grass seed like ryegrass or lolium.
Cover Your Planters
The reality is that many of your delicate plants simply can’t live in the harsh winter conditions. It is best for you to do everything in your power to protect them by covering the planters. You can throw a burlap sheet over your rose bushes during a frost but there is something more you can do for small plants – add a fresh layer of topsoil and mulch before covering them with a layer of burlap. But whenever possible, try to replant them into small pots for indoor living during the winter.
Take Steps Now
The best time to start winterizing your home is before the temperatures begin to dip below freezing. Autumn is the ideal season to prepare your yard and flowerbeds for the harsh season to come. By taking just a few of these simple and relatively basic steps now, you can ensure that your yard will remain as beautiful as possible through the winter. It will also help you restore your curb appeal more quickly when spring arrives.
If you need help winterizing your home or with snow removal in Winnipeg, be sure to give Cleanr Mow a call today!