Here at Leaf Blower Guides, we love the wintertime and have put together a list of our favorite winter tips for keeping your yard tidy in the winter months. From maintaining your lawn to clearing the fallen leaves still hanging around from the fall, here’s what you need to know.
When wintertime is upon us and the cold temperatures have set in your backyard and garden doesn’t need the same level of attention and maintenance as it does during the more active spring and summer seasons. But there are still things you need to do to keep your yard tidy when the colder weather sets in.
Feed Your Lawn
Before the winter sets in, if you want your lawn to survive the long cold harsh sleep it’s about to endure during the coldest part of the year. You need to ensure that it is in tip-top condition before the cold really sets in and proper care during the previous months is important for your lawn to survive.
Add your preferred fertilizer, making sure it has a high amount of phosphorous in it to encourage the strength of roots and to ensure you have a luscious and green lawn by the time spring comes around.
Removing Dead and Dying Plants
All plant lovers suffer from the same affliction – that is the need to hold on to their beloved annual plants to the very bitter end. However, when your plants are already dead or even if they are just close to dying and showing no signs of life, there is no good reason to leave it taking up space.
It’s important to remove all dead annual plants and those that are close to dying to create a yard that has a cleaner and simpler look whereas your perennials will need less cleaning up and can actually benefit from being left alone for the winter months after all nature doesn’t pull out dormant winter plants.
Carry Out Some Choice Pruning
Once the leaves have started to fall, even if you’ve neglected to keep on top of your perennial plants, now’s a good time to get out there and do it. During the early stages of winter but before the cold has really set in, although this is not for the plant but more for a tidy winter look.
Winter can be the best time to prune trees and shrubs. After the leaves have fallen and the plant is going dormant for the cold months, but be careful with shrubs that flower in early spring as you may well be cutting off the flower buds.
Make Good Use of Those Fallen Leaves
How do you normally deal with the leaves that have fallen to the ground? The best way to tidy up and get rid of those fallen and dead leaves is by investing in a leaf blower.
For large areas that suffer from a lot of leaves then a top-selling gas leaf blower will be suitable. But be aware that in some states gas leaf blowers have been banned so are gas blowers banned in your area? make sure to find out before handing over your money.
But, maybe you only want to tidy your decking, pathway, or patio and you don’t have too many leaves then one of the cordless leaf blowers on the market will suit your needs better.
We all do it if we are honest and just rake or blow leaves into a corner or clearing to deal with later, but winter is the time to sort them. Start by shredding them, as that will allow them to decompose quicker, if you are only dealing with a small number of leaves on a patio etc. then it is worth getting one of the multifunctional leaf blowingvacuums that will do the shredding for you.
Remember, you should never leave all the dead leaves on your lawn during the winter months as this will usually end up yellowing or killing your lawn.
Create Natural New Edges
You find that the natural edges on flower beds and garden borders tend to melt away somewhat as time passes by. Grasses start to make their way into those mulched areas, and even small amounts of foot damage can squash the outer rim.
During those slower months leading up to and through winter, you can spend some time redefining those natural edges using a bed edger and border spade for a slicker and crisper look.
Add New And Fresh Mulch
Once those cleaner and crisper edges are in place, you will want to add new mulch to complete the job. Rather than just being attractive, a continuous layer of 2 to 3-inches of mulch not only helps to reduce the encroachment by weeds but also conserves moisture in the soil.
Mulch is also great insulation, it helps to protect against fluctuations in the temperature during winter. The best way to mulch your leaves is by investing in a leaf vacuum with a built-in mulcher feature. Many types come with a built-in bag to make the job even easier.
Dealing With Snow
If snow is inevitable in your part of the country, you need to have a plan of action prepared to deal with the white stuff when it comes, so that you’re not left panicking. There are some places where snow will be okay in your yard and others where it is less welcome, such as your driveway and paths.
There are various methods for clearing snow, and the obvious tool of choice would be to invest in a snowblower. But if you have a leaf blower at home, you could use this too!
Once you know how to use a leaf blower properly, you may choose to use it for clearing light powdery snow from cars and driveways, although this is not recommended by the manufacturers and is down to personal choice.
If you are in a location that experiences a lot of snow, it could be too heavy for the branches of your trees and plants and could even break and damage them. This is when you may need to get out there and clear the branches, starting from the bottom and working your way upwards.