As every Michigander knows, when all the leaves are gone and the skies are gray, winter will soon be upon us. Now’s the time to get your garden prepped for winter, so you can settle down for a long winter’s nap, knowing your yard will return greener and stronger in spring.
Dead leaves should be removed from garden beds and lawns alike. While they’re great to use as a natural mulch, leaving them in too thick of a layer can smother grass, creating unsightly yellow and brown patches come springtime. It’s even worse for flower beds and shrubs. A dense leaf covering can allow moisture to build up, creating root rot.
Believe it or not, cool-season grasses like we have here in Michigan actually grow most strongly in fall. You may be wondering: isn’t fall the time when everything stops growing? Well, yes and no. Late fall is when your grass will divert nutrients from its leaves to its roots. In the same way cooler temperatures and shorter days signal to us Michiganders that it’s sweater weather, your lawn, trees, and shrubs see this as a time to prepare for winter. Giving your lawn a last good soaking will divert much-needed moisture to the root system and help protect grass during the dry winds of winter.
As the cooler temperatures of autumn set in, and the grass stops growing, you may be tempted to skip the weekly mowing. Avoiding this temptation, however, will give your lawn the best chance during winter. When grass leaves are too long, they trap too much moisture, especially under a blanket of snow. This extra damp environment encourages mold and fungus, so make sure to give your lawn one last hair cut before winter!
In addition to removing dead tree leaves, remove any dead annuals from your flower beds and trim perennial flowers and shrubs. Don’t worry about harming the plant. Perennials are hearty, and trimming keeps them healthy and promotes plant growth.
Just as you brush your hair to remove dead or damaged strands, thatching removes built-up layers of dead grass. Thatch layers thicker than 1/2″ are detrimental. When thatch becomes too thick, it can confuse the grass seeds and cause them to grow in the thatch layer instead of taking root in the soil. As you can imagine, this means your grass can easily be uprooted and torn out without a solid root system.
Small ornamental trees, shrubs, and bushes like to bundle up in winter as much as you do. Wrapping these lawn ornaments in burlap prevents damage from harsh winds and ice, and it helps hold needed moisture in. Plus, you can reuse the material year after year, which saves money on the cost of garden care.
Before the harsh cold wreaks havoc on your garden, call in the help of our industry experts at Go Green Lawn & Tree Care. Our landscaping professionals will ensure your lawn, flowers, and shrubs, come back more beautiful and healthier than ever this spring.
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