Your Before-Winter Yard Cleanup Checklist

Can you believe we’re already talking about winter? We are sorry to bring it up, but it IS just around the corner.

It’s not all bad, though. The holidays can be a joyful time to remind us of all we have to be grateful for, such as friends, family, a roof over your head, and even a great yard for your kids, your dog, or even you to play in. Though there isn’t much yard-playing going on during winter months, you can still appreciate the fact that you’ve got a great yard come spring.

However, if you know anything about Nebraska in the winter, it’s that the weather can be brutal and extremely harsh for quite some time. To ensure that your yard, plants, landscaping, and trees stay protected and ready come next spring, we’ve compiled a quick list of fall to-dos to prepare your yard for the winter tundra ahead.

  1. Clean up debris. Leaves, weeds, and pine needles are great places for pests to settle and mold to grow over winter. Clear out your yard and flower beds to keep the critters at bay, or hire us to do it for you.
  2. Till your veggie garden. If you have a vegetable garden, now is the time to remove old plants, till the whole plot and add compost for next spring.
  3. Plant shrubs and bulbs. Bushes and shrubs enjoy the cool, moist soil to grow their roots. Tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils are also great bulbs that pop up at the first sign of spring.
  4. Clean out the gutters. No one wants to have to clean gutters in the dead of winter. Clear out leaves and other debris now and check for proper drainage using a garden hose.
  5. Protect sensitive plants. Cover or bring in any plants that can’t withstand the cold.
  6. Trim tree branches. You don’t want any branches breaking after heavy snowfall, and having trimmed-up trees keeps your property looking nice and tidy.
  7. Aerate your lawn. Give your grass some breathing room come winter by aerating now. Aerating also prevents water from pooling up around your home. Contact Nebraska Yard Care to have your yard aerated today!
  8. Divide up perennials. Now is a great time to thin out and cut back overgrown plants. Hostas are easy to divide and plant in other beds or share with neighbors.
  9. Feed your yard. It’s going to get hungry over the winter! Give it the nutrients it needs to survive the cold. Add a fall lawn fertilizer to encourage root growth and enjoy a lush, green lawn come spring.
  10. Give it one last mow. Set your mower to a low setting and give it a close trim before winter sets in. Your lawn will thank you!

Need some help prepping your lawn for winter? Whatever your yard clean-up tasks might be, Nebraska Yard Care can help! And we offer aeration, dethatching, and chemical applications every 4-6 weeks.

Contact us today for more information or a free consultation.

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