As winter approaches in the north-west we must start to prepare our yard for the cold months. Many people overlook the importance of winterization but it’s vital for having a vibrant and beautiful yard in the spring and saves you a lot of work, time, and money in the long run. Here are some tips to help get you started.
Everyone knows that they have to rake leaves in the fall but why not wait until spring? Large thick mats of wet leaves can kill the grass underneath so do it now to ensure your grass will grow back healthy next year. Piles of leaves are also inviting for mice and overwintering insects.
Your trees are another big investment on your property which is why protecting them from insect infestation is so important. Certain insects overwinter on the trunks of trees where they lay eggs and hatch in the spring. Depending on the species this can cause a great deal of damage and raises the chances of your trees catching diseases. That’s why we recommend applying dormant oils to your trees and shrubs. Dormant oil is applied directly to the bark of trees and shrubs, covering up and killing any soft-bodied insects residing there.
Shut off the water to your outside faucets from inside the house. Detach garden hoses from outside faucets and drain them before storing them to prevent them from snapping.
An important yet overlooked step in winter prep is winterizing your irrigation system. Your irrigation system is a vital investment for maintaining your property’s health so it is important to protect it from freezing temperatures. Water left in the pipes or valves expand when it freezes causing the pipes to burst underground. This is not only costly to repair but also does a number on your well-maintained yard. Irrigation system winterization is time-consuming and best left to professionals. At Colonial Lawn & Garden we take the time to make sure all the water is evacuated from your irrigation system and make sure it’s safe over the winter.
Take the stress out of winterization and call Colonial Lawn & Garden. We have trained experts who can help you with all your winterization needs.