As we’re now into the depths of the Louisville winter (for those frosty days below 60!) shrub care and lawn maintenance become a matter of out-of-site-out-of-mind. But the fact is, your lawn and landscaping need a lot of attention throughout the winter or you’re going to have an ugly spring ahead of you.
Here are some tips suggested by the Lawn Care Louisville for caring for your lawn, shrubs, and potted plants during the cold winter months, so they’ve got the best fighting chance of looking their best come spring.
Winter Lawn Maintenance
One of the worst things you can do during the cold winter months is over-water and over-fertilize your lawn. The greener your grass is, the more water it retains, and the more damage that will be done the moment the temperature drops below freezing.
During the winter, your lawn isn’t growing, so it’s not using water or fertilizer nearly as fast as it did during the summer. Over-fertilizing the lawn can do damage to the grass, but even more importantly, the fertilizer then just leeches into the ground or finds its way into waterways. Plus, in colder months when the ground tends to stay wetter longer, especially overnight, there could be an increased problem with lawn diseases.
According to the Landscaping Iroquois Instead, give your lawn the water and fertilizer it needs while it’s growing during the spring and summer, then let it rest when it needs to rest during the winter months. It will get just enough water it needs from rainfall, which we get regularly year round on the Gulf Coast.
Winter Shrub Care
As long as your shrubs or ornamental plants are established (usually 1-2 years or older) they’re going to need very little attention throughout the winter. Likely, the rain will be sufficient for water since their need is very low during the winter.
Very young or particularly fragile shrubs can be covered with a blanket, sheet, or other appropriate covering on the coldest nights, said by Lawn Care Fern Creek, but don’t forget to uncover them in the morning when the sun’s back out so you don’t smother them from necessary sunlight.
Outdoor Potted Plants
The best option for potted plants in the winter is to bring them inside if at all possible, especially if the temperature is at or below freezing. If that isn’t possible or practical, you can also cover them up with a sheet or blanket as noted above.
The exception to this rule, of course, is annuals that actually bloom in the winter – like pansies, snap dragons and kale. These flowers love it outside through the worst Louisville can send at them, and they can keep your porch looking gorgeous right through the winter months.
So as the winter progresses, don’t let your lawn maintenance and shrub care fall behind, then complain about it in the spring! Do something about it today. And, as always, contact our Louisville Lawn Service company if we can help!