As Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the pool continue to be replaced with watching football on the couch, the cooler temperatures are gradually settling in. Winter is coming, and preparing the landscape is vital for having a quick and healthy recovery in the spring. Its also a good time to freshen things up in preparation for frost damage and brown, dormant months. Below are some tips on making sure your property is not only ready for the cold, but is looking good throughout the upcoming season.
When fertilizing the turf to prepare for winter, the best fertilizer to use is one that is high in potassium. This is the last number listed on the fertilizer label (Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium). Potassium strengthens the turf roots to prepare the lawn for winter. The longer the roots are, the healthier the turf and the less time it will take for it to recover from the winter. It is also always best to use a low to phosphorous-free fertilizer, which has less of an environmental impact.
Theres nothing like a fresh application of mulch! Now is a good time to replenish the mulch because it acts as a barrier to help lock in moisture and keep the soil temperature warmer. Its also a good time to replenish the mulch because it adds a clean look to the winter landscape. Dont forget to apply the mulch no more than 2-3 inches deep.
Add Some Color
During the winter months, many types of grasses turn brown and go dormant, small trees like Crape Myrtles loose their vibrant colors, and perennials like phlox die back. Its time to add some color! Winter annuals like petunias, pansies, snapdragons and Shasta daisies are all good choices for giving your landscape a lift this winter. If you don’t have an annual bed, try making one. Some good locations for annuals are at the base of a large tree, at the entrance of a home or surrounding a back patio.