A Step-By-Step Guide to Winterizing Yards
Landscape Supply of Utah understands the tender love and care that goes into creating, maintaining and growing beautiful yards. Offering a wide array of Utah landscaping supplies, they feature Utah topsoil, Utah mulch, Utah gravel and Utah bark, which are all ideal for winterizing Utah yards.
The following tips will help homeowners winterize their yards, ensuring that spring’s bounties burst forth with beautiful blooms and healthy plants.
- Mowing – Lawns should be mowed up until the first frost. Always pick up clippings, as this helps prevents lawns from being smothered with debris during the winter months.
- Trim – Fall is the ideal time to trim perennial flowers, leaving a one-inch stem. This is true for daylilies, black-eyed Susans and peonies, to name a few. Always rake up leaves in the fall, helping prevent unwanted bugs, slugs and rodents from making their homes in flowerbeds.
- Summer-Blooming Bulbs – If the area experiences hard frosts, it’s important to dig up summer-blooming bulbs, such as gladioli, dahlias and calla lilies. These can be stored in a brown paper bag in a cool location, being replanted in the spring.
- Dead Plants – Weed out all dead annuals, veggie gardens and any unhealthy plants. Consider placing these in a compost pile, which will break down over the winter months.
- Herbs – Most herbs, such as thyme, chives, oregano, mint, sage and rosemary, are perennials, meaning they will return year-after-year. Herbs should be cut back and pruned in the fall.
- Diseased Shrubs – Remove all dead or diseased areas from perennial plants, such as hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas. If heavy snows occur in the winter months, consider tying evergreen plants with twine, to help ensure limbs won’t snap under the weight of snow.
- Mulch – Use high-quality Utah mulch for flowerbeds and around trees. This helps keep the roots insulated during cold months.
- Transfer to Indoors – If any outdoor plants are sensitive to weather changes, consider bringing them indoors. This includes potted annuals, geraniums or even some delicate ferns. If eliminating dead plants from pots, rinse the pots and store them upside down to help prevent wintertime damage.
- Compost Pile – Fall is the perfect time to start an environmentally friendly compost pile. To start, simply dig a shallow hole and wire it with cinder blocks, or purchase a compost bin from a hardware store. The following items are safe for compost piles: vegetable food waste, lawn clippings and large branches. Never add diseased foliage or weeds to compost bins, as this can compromise the soil and your future plantings. Compost piles should remain moist (around 100 degrees) and should be turned weekly with a pitchfork to avoid hotspots. If the compost pile is not warm, consider adding extra greens to facilitate an increase in temperatures.
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