Winter will quickly be upon us and there are a few things you can do to prepare your landscape before the first frosts and snow:
Piles of leaves left in lawn areas can cause unsightly brown spots and dead areas in the spring. If leaves get in your gutters it may cause ice build up and damage to your drain systems and gutters.
Use a professional service to drain your irrigation lines of water for the winter. If your back flow and lines are not properly drained of water they could freeze and cause unknown issues in the spring.
Winter weather can be damaging to some plants. Protect your plants using pine needles or protective fabric. Leaves piled up around shrubs like hydrangeas and roses can also help protect soft tissue from the cold winter. Salt and ice melts can also be harmful to many plants. Be careful where you apply ice melting chemicals and try using a protective fence around plants that may come in contact with salt.
Ice and snow build up on plants can cause damage to plants. Make sure to prune out weakened and overlapping branches to deter any unnecessary damage.
Many homeowners think of mulching in the spring but winter mulching can be very beneficial to your plants. If you notice areas around where mulch has been removed, cover them back up. Mulch will help protect any exposed roots from the winter weather.