It’s December, and you know what that means! No not pumpkin spice lattes! It’s time to get your landscape ready for the winter months, which is crucial for preserving the fullness of your lawn you’ve tried so hard to maintain all year. If you don’t do this crucial step, your grass won’t grow back fully and we all know you don’t want to be looking at dirt come Groundhog Day!
Whether it’s getting rid of leaves or having to replace your fall chrysanthemums with winter snapdragons, let’s face it, not everyone has the time or even the capability to get his or her yard ready for winter.
Hopefully, with these fall winterizing tips, you’ll be able to get your yard ready in time for the winter.
Tip #1: Stuff your leaves inside of a scarecrow instead of a plastic bag
Although the idea of stuffing your leaves inside of a plastic bag may sound convenient because plastic takes many, many years to disintegrate, if left abandoned, those bags could become a hazard to animals. So not only is stuffing a scarecrow with leaves (and other types of dried plants) healthier for the environment, but it can also help add some character to your landscape while giving your family a fun, new project to do.
While there are many ways to create a scarecrow out of leaves and leftover clothes, one of the easiest ways that you can create a stuffed leaved scarecrow is by taking an empty burlap sack and stuffing it with leaves. From there, you can add old clothing to the sack and add a face to the scarecrow using buttons, a needle, and thread. It may not look quite as nice as the ones at Hobby Lobby, however, it will serve as an excellent start if you plan on making the ideal scarecrow of your dreams.
If, however, you want to try to make a real-life scarecrow out of stuffed leaves, then please, read this blog, How to: Make a Scrawcrow by Jennifer Noonan.
Tip #2: Prune your trees
Okay, to be fair, the idea of having to cut off your significant other’s crepe mrytle tree branches isn’t quite pleasant. In fact, some people abhor the idea of having to prune trees because it makes the trees look as bare and white as a Halloween doggie bone.
However, if you want your tree to grow up big, strong, and as happy as can be, you need to muster up the courage to take up a chainsaw and prune your trees about ¼” away from the actual trunk.
By the way, here at Victory Lawn Care Services, we offer tree pruning services so if you need help, then please, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 901-870-3720.
Tip #3: Put Down Some Pre-Emergent
Using winterizer pre-emergent is one of the better ways to preserve the beauty of your lawn. Simply go to your favorite outdoor store and ask for winterizer pre-emergent. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully on the package, as you don’t want to use too much.
Tip #4: Mulch your Existing Plants
Not only is mulching your existing plants a great way to keep your garden nice and beautiful, but it’s also a great way of reusing what you have if you don’t have time to create your own scarecrow.
By the way, if you would like to know more information about how you can mulch your plants and leaves, then please, read our post on Mulch vs. Compost: Which is Better for My Yard.
So tell us readers, which of these November landscaping ideas are you thinking about try? Please let us know in the comments below and be sure to give one of our landscaping services a try.
Also, if you would like more information as to how you can become a master landscaper here in Tennessee, then please, read up on what our friends at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville have to say about this.
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