Winter is here! And there’s nothing better than cozying up by the fire… or space heater or hockey game or your favorite book!
We’d like to tell you to just take the winter off when it comes to home maintenance and outdoor projects, but sadly, there’s work that needs to be done now to make things easier on yourself in the spring.
Clean up your yard
A big part of winter lawn care involves just keeping your lawn clear. If you haven’t already, rake the leaves from your lawn and remove any debris, tools, toys, etc… Leaving a pile of leaves or one of your kids’ toys sitting around all winter is a good way to kill the grass underneath, or, at the very least, prevent new growth.
Put down some mulch
Adding a layer of mulch around the plants, trees and shrubs provides your landscape with some important winter protection, helping to control erosion and water loss. Two inches of mulch can help maintain a uniform temperature in the soil around these plants’ roots.
If you don’t have too many leaves on the lawn, you can use your mower to mulch what’s there, giving your grass a nice source of nutrients.
Protect your young trees
Wrapping wire mesh around the base of young trees will prevent roaming animals from gnawing on the bark during winter.
Prune your plants (Landscaping 101)
Late winter is a good time to prune your plants. When you prune plants, you’ve essentially opened a wound that needs to heal. By pruning just before spring growth begins, you’re reducing stress on the plant and making it easier for it to heal.
If you have any branches you think might be susceptible to heavy snow loads, tie them together. Remove snow from low branches by brushing it off, rather than shaking limbs, as shaking can cause branches to break.
Damaged trees are more susceptible to disease, so remove any limbs that you think might break during a heavy snow or ice storm.
And, if you own a business and need commercial snow removal service, we can help with that too. Contact us today to learn more.
Not too much salt
Rock salt and other ice melt products can damage plants, trees, and lawn by pulling water away from the roots. Flush out your soil to get rid of salt. Try to avoid piling salt-filled snow onto your lawn when you shovel. And look for deicers made with calcium chloride, which are less harmful than sodium chloride-based ice melts.
Whether you need winter lawn care or need some guidance helping your plants recover from the cold weather months, KGH Equipment can help.
From land clearing to rock wall, sod, and plant installation, KGH Equipment is one of the Fraser Valley’s most experienced teams. Remember you can give us a call!
Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to help YOU with all your projects, all year round. KGH Equipment offers equipment services for homeowners, trades, and contractors. From manlifts to telehandlers and skidsteers, KGH Equipment offers both ‘bare’ and ‘with operator’ rentals. KGH Equipment offers many services from moving, delivery excavation services, land clearing, site preparation and a variety of other landscaping services. KGH can help take your site from start to completion. Contact us today for a FREE quote.