Winter Lawn Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Finishing lawn and outdoor maintenance before winter comes is important to avoid any costly damages or repairs. Use each of these tips and ideas to winterize your home. First, pay attention to your gutters. The most efficient way to take care of your gutters is to invest in a professionally installed gutter protection system. Contact a company such as Leaf Filter to avoid dealing with roof, structural and foundation issues. LeafFilter’s screen is made out of micro-mesh material and is 50 microns fine to ensure that nothing except for water will get into your gutters. This means no more gutter cleaning.

Next, prepare your rain barrel for cold weather. Open all spigots and drain the rain barrel. Turn the barrel upside down to ensure it is completely empty. Remove all hoses and leave faucets open to avoid the hoses splitting. Remove any debris from the barrel and filter screen so there is no mold or fungus growth. Lastly, store the rain barrel inside a garage or basement to protect it from any accidental damage. An additional to-do task before the winter season hits is to set up a time for a roof inspection. A roof inspector will search for peeling paint underneath roof overhangs or leaks around a fireplace. Look for cracked caulk and missing or broken shingles too. Roofs that are over 15 years old may require a replacement. You can look for a professional roof inspector near your through HAAG Certified Inspector.

Lastly, take care of your lawn. The first step is to fertilize your lawn. If late fall brings freezing temperatures do not fertilize past September 1st or new growth could be damaged by freezes. Roots can become more susceptible to stress and damage if this happens too. The next step is to mow your lawn and help stimulate stunted roots. When cold weather hits, mow your lawn to one half inch above the recommended height it should be in the summer.
Take a look at some other ideas to winterize outdoors:

  • Over-seed your lawn to achieve a nearly solid green lawn throughout the entire winter. This should be done six to eight weeks prior to the first hard freeze.
  • Instead of tossing out your raked leaves put them in the compost pile or use shredded leaves as mulch. This provides great insulation for your flower beds.
  • Aeration helps reduce an overabundance of thatch and soil compaction while providing a top coat for the lawn. By getting rid of too much thatch, fertilizer nutrients infiltration, the air and sunlight in the soil will significantly improve.
  • Shut off and full drain any outside hoses and look for any exposed pipes or leaks.
  • Check pH levels of your soil to ensure a healthy lawn, otherwise your lawn may thin out over time.

What tips do you have for those winterizing their home? What has and hasn’t worked for you?