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Information to Help You Care for Your Yard During the Cooler Months

Posted by Stephanie Morgan on September 01, 2020 @ 9:00 am PST

During each season of the year your lawn and garden have unique needs. The spring is a time of new growth that seems to require constant maintenance when it comes to mowing and weeding. During the summer growth continues and the long hot days make watering a particularly important task. The fall and winter bring changes to the needs of your yard as well. It can seem like the needs of your yard diminish as the cool weather comes in. It is true that you can relax your pace on some tasks – like mowing – but others are just as important during the cooler months as they are in spring and summer. In order to properly care for your yard during the cooler months there are a few things you need to keep in mind. 

Dormant is not the same as dead

Your grass, trees, and other plants may all look dead during the winter – and some plants do die once the cold weather hits. However, some plants are actually dormant during the cooler months. Dormant is not the same as dead. A dormant plant, tree, or lawn will return in the spring once the weather warms and signals new growth. A dead plant will not return. It is important to know the difference as the cooler months approach so you can deal with the plants appropriately. The dead plants need to be removed and the dormant plants may benefit from some trimming. If you do not know the difference you could inadvertently remove plants that would have come back in the spring. You can get help identifying which plants to keep from your local lawn care pro. 

Trees and shrubs can sustain damage even when they’re dormant

You still need to treat your trees and shrubs like they are alive during the dormant months – because they are. These foundational plants can sustain damage even when they look like nothing is going on. Pests, blunt force, and overly ambitious pruning can all cause serious damage to trees and shrubs in the cooler months. Protect the well being of these plants during the cooler months as you would during the spring and summer. 

There are tasks you can do during the cooler months to care for your yard

There are still a number of tasks you can do during the cooler months to care for your yard. Keeping it free from debris is a fall and winter tasks that will require some effort. Falling leavings and dying plants can create a lot of debris in your yard. Keep an eye on your yard for signs that it needs some attention during the cooler months. A little work now can save you a lot of effort in the fall. 

A little bit of knowledge about the needs of your yard during the cooler months can go a long way. Use the information outlined above to properly care for the well being of your yard this fall and winter. If you find that you need help with any element of caring for your yard in the upcoming months, give the pros at The Experienced Gardener a call.