Winter in Colorado Springs can be both beautiful and challenging for your outdoor space. As the colder months approach, it’s crucial to prepare your landscape for the winter chill. Incline Landscaping, your local experts, is here to provide you with a comprehensive guide on winterizing your landscape. From lawn care to tree maintenance and the importance of scheduling landscape services in the new year, we’ve got you covered.
1. Lawn Care Essentials
Before the snow blankets your lawn, give it a final trim. Mow at a lower setting to discourage snow mold and matting. This ensures a healthier lawn come spring.
Consider aerating your lawn to alleviate soil compaction and enhance water and nutrient absorption. This promotes robust root growth, essential for a thriving lawn.
Apply a winter fertilizer to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs during the dormant season. This helps in maintaining its health and lush green appearance.
2. Tree and Shrub Maintenance
Trim back dead or overgrown branches to prevent damage from heavy snow loads. Proper pruning also promotes better air circulation and sunlight penetration.
Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs to insulate the roots. Mulching helps retain moisture and provides protection against extreme temperature fluctuations.
Consider applying an anti-desiccant spray to evergreen trees and shrubs. This creates a protective coating that reduces moisture loss through the leaves, crucial during Colorado’s dry winter months.
3. Irrigation System Care
Drain and Shut Off
Turn off your irrigation system and drain the pipes to prevent freezing. Water left in the pipes can expand and cause damage during freezing temperatures.
Disconnect and store garden hoses to prevent them from freezing and cracking. A frozen hose can lead to burst pipes and potential water damage.
Consider a professional sprinkler blowout service to ensure all water is removed from the system. This helps prevent costly repairs and ensures a smooth startup in the spring.
4. Patio and Deck Maintenance
Store outdoor furniture in a dry place or use covers to protect it from winter weather. This extends the lifespan of your furniture and keeps it looking its best.
Perform a thorough inspection of your deck for any damaged or rotting boards. Schedule repairs promptly to avoid further deterioration during the winter months.
Snow Removal Plan
Plan ahead for snow removal on pathways and decks to prevent slips and falls. Having the right tools and a strategy in place ensures a safe and functional outdoor space.
5. Garden Cleanup
Clear out fallen leaves, dead plants, and any other debris from your garden beds. This helps prevent the growth of mold and pests during the winter.
Consider covering perennial plants with a layer of straw or mulch. This provides insulation against extreme temperature fluctuations and protects the roots.
Take advantage of the fall season to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, and crocuses add a burst of color to your garden when the snow melts.
6. Scheduling Landscape Services in the New Year
As the current year comes to a close, it’s essential to plan for the upcoming year. Scheduling your landscape services in advance ensures that your outdoor space receives the attention it deserves. Incline Landscaping is already filling up fast for the new year. By securing your spot early, you guarantee that your landscape gets the care it needs at the right time.
Winterizing your landscape is a proactive step towards maintaining its health and beauty. By following these comprehensive tips, you’ll be well on your way to a resilient and thriving outdoor space come spring. As a reminder, don’t delay in scheduling your landscape services with Incline Landscaping for the new year. Contact us today to discuss your needs, secure your spot on our calendar, and ensure your landscape is winter-ready and set for a vibrant and beautiful new year. Winter may be coming, but with proper preparation, your landscape can emerge stronger and more beautiful than ever.