Protecting your family begins from the outside in, so safety for your yard and surrounding area is very important. The state of the outside of your home affects what is inside. What are some ways to keep your yard looking beautiful by summer rolls around and most importantly, safe during the winter months? Check them out below:
Trimming Overhead Branches
From snow, ice, and heavy winds, the winter season is the hardest on trees and other foliage. If you have overhanging, precarious branches, make sure that they are properly trimmed back, so as to reduce the risk of a heavy branch falling on your car, house, or even those who live in the home. Fallen branches or trees can have costly results.
Fertilizing in the Winter
Though most people stop thinking about caring for their grass during the colder months, winter is one of the most important times of year to prepare your yard for a beautiful spring/summer growth. In fact, late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses, such as Bermuda or bluegrass. This should be done before the first freeze so that your fertilizer will be able to replace the nutrients lost from the cold. The fertilizer will feed you lawn’s roots all winter long.
Avoid Lawn Traffic
When grass is brown and short it is easy to think that treading over the lawn will have no impact on the dead-looking grass. However, it is best to avoid this, as too much walking will result in your grass to have a difficult time coming back to life when you want that crisp green yard at the end of spring.
Keep Your Walkways Safe
Of course, remember to keep your walkways safe. Icy sidewalks should be treated with salt to provide a safe path for visitors and family to walk. Be careful to avoid sprinkling the salt on your cool weather grass, however, as the salt can kill your greenery. Also, be sure to keep toys, tools, and other products off the yard at all times; in the case of a heavy snow, these objects can become invisible to you and others, resulting in an accident if you are not careful. It is best to go ahead and remove all these after your last mowing of the Summer, so that fallen leave do not hide any objects, as well.
Though it is often tough to care for anything that is outside in the freezing temperatures when you want to cuddle up indoors, it is important to remember that the safety of your home starts from the outside in. A safe home also means a safe surrounding perimeter. Use these tips during these cold month so that your yard is safe for the winter and ready for the spring and summer months ahead!
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