Many people think they can lay off their lawn care once the cold weather hits, but oftentimes this means you have to dig deep and actually work harder to maintain your lawn. From manicuring the lawn to choosing which type of fertilizer you should use, it is important to do your homework before the winter season hits so you will be well prepared. To get started, here are four mistakes you do not want to make when maintaining your lawn during the winter season.
Using the Wrong Mulch
One of the biggest mistakes you could make to your lawn is using low quality mulch. First, you have to understand the purpose of using mulch to begin with. This is done to protect your landscaping from the harsh winter weather. It also helps keep the plants in dormancy so they do not experience a quick growth during a warm spurt. If this were to happen, you would get more winter die back to deal with. In the winter, you want to choose an insulating mulch to help with protection. This is not something you want to use in the spring, so you will need to pick it up once the warm weather comes in. Pine needles and shredded mulch are some of the easiest types to remove and help get the job done. Consider a layer of 2" to 4" at the base of the plants.
Not Watering Enough
A lot of homeowners struggle to water their plants enough during the cooler months. Just because the temperatures are not soaring, it does not mean your landscape no longer needs water. If the temperatures are bearable, you want to consider watering your landscaping throughout the winter months. Not doing so could result in your plants and trees getting diseases and dying from dehydration. One way to tell if your plants need watering is to stick your finger in the soil. Once your second joint has reached the soil, you can determine if the soil is dry or moist. A dry soil will notify you that your plants need watering.
Spraying Weed Killer in the Winter
Another problem people make when tending to their lawns is using pesticides in the winter. Weed killers should be used in warmer weather when the weeds are actively growing. This makes it difficult for the pesticide to move from the leaves to the roots, so not much is being done to kill the weeds.
Delaying Pest Control
If you want your landscaping to look good all year long, you have to take care of pest problems as they begin. Delaying them until the spring will only cause them to worsen. It is important to locate pest problems right from the beginning so you can ensure your plants survive to the next season.
Contact a company like Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc for more information.