In no time, frigid temperatures and the first snowfall will be here, which means now is the best – and only – time to prepare your yard and landscaping for winter.
This time of year can be tough on lawns and landscaping in Ontario, so our experts put together this blog with tips to help your landscaping through the winter, and make sure it’s ready to bloom and thrive again when spring rolls around.
1. Rake, rake, rake
The fall brings less daylight, cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and more rain – all things that contribute to an unhealthy lawn.
Layers of wet leaves and debris can deprive your grass of sunlight, leaving it patchy, brown, and unhappy.
Rake your yard frequently to avoid a build-up on your lawn.
2. Seal your deck
If you’ve got a deck in your backyard, you’ll want to be sure it’s properly sealed before the rain and snow hits.
When prepping landscaping for winter, many homeowners make the mistake of strictly focusing on plants – don’t do this!
It doesn’t matter if your deck is new, or just in need of a sealant refresh. Taking the time to care for and maintain your deck will help it withstand Ontario’s snow, and it will be in great shape for the spring and summer.
3. Add mulch
Mulching in the fall is a great method to protect your landscape throughout the winter, because it acts as a protective layer from the frost and traps in moisture during the cold, dry months.
Place a few inches of fresh mulch around the bases of shrubs and trees, and your plants will thank you come spring time!
4. Wrap shrubs and trees
Using burlap, gently wrap your shrubs and small trees to protect them from heavy snow, ice, winds, and dry air that can cause smaller plants to crack and suffer.
If you neglect this step? You may end up with unhealthy, misshapen plants when the snow melts.
5. Fix up your hardscaping
If there are loose or broken stones in your…
…be sure to fix it before the weather gets progressively worse.
Allowing the elements to penetrate your hardscaping could lead to further repairs once the spring comes.
6. Add more brick and joint sand
Throughout the winter, brick and joint sand movement is bound to happen during the freeze and thaw cycles.
To avoid shifting pavers, add some extra sand into the joints of your bricks or pavers.
Want more tips?
Need more winterizing tips for your lawn and backyard? Grand River Stone’s monthly newsletter offers additional tips for your landscaping and hardscaping.
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