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Ways to Ensure Your Lawn & Landscaping Is Ready for Winter

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Lawns and landscaping need to endure all manners of weather, including rain, wind, and snow. Winter weather can be particularly harsh on grass and landscape plants, and even routine snowfall can have a detrimental effect.

When ice forms on grass, it can make the blades brittle and all too easy to break—the same is true of other plant life. Routine lawn and landscape maintenance ensures your grass and plants will be vibrant and resilient enough to weather the winter months. That’s why it’s important to ready your lawn and landscaping for winter—a process known as winterization—which includes trimming plants, proper lawn mowing, and winter mulching, among other practices.

Here are some key reasons to ensure your lawn and landscaping is ready for winter in Morehead City, Newport, Atlantic Beach, and nearby cities in North Carolina.

1. Services such as proper lawn mowing, fertilization, and weed control help keep your lawn in optimal condition

Since weakened grass is more susceptible to cold weather damage, it’s critical to maintain a healthy lawn year-round. Proper and consistent lawn mowing, fertilizing your grass at the proper intervals, and routine weed control—in addition to proper watering—all contribute to the overall health and optimal condition of your lawn. The stronger you keep your lawn throughout the year, the better prepared it will be come winter.

At Wood Lawn & Landscaping, we provide a full-service lawn care program that gives your grass all it needs to fortify itself throughout the year.

2. Keeping plants trimmed and pruned regularly helps them grow correctly

Again, routine maintenance year-round is the best way to combat potential winter damage—and this includes keeping plants trimmed on a regular basis. Pruning—the act of trimming dead matter, such as leaves and branches, from plants and trees—is also important to your plants’ overall health. This intimate, up-close work also gives lawn and landscaping professionals a chance to inspect plants for signs of disease or insect infestation. Routine trimmings keep your plants maintained and help trim back any irregular-looking branches.

3. Winter mulching keeps landscape bed soil insulated from extreme temperature changes

Typically, mulching is done in the spring to repress weeds and promote new growth. Mulching during the winter helps keep the ground cold or frozen and protects it from the warmth of the sun. This may seem counter-intuitive at first, but doing so actually protects plant life more effectively, as it allows plants to lie dormant and prevent new growth during, for example, a brief warm spell in the middle of winter. New growth during a warm spell will only result in more winter decay once the warm spell ends, so winter mulching is an effective way to mitigate any potential temperature changes.

We provide winter mulching services upon request to homes and businesses in the Morehead City, NC area.