It is that crisp time of year where winter has not fully hit and it is not fully gone. We are stuck in that chilly but sometimes not-so-bad temperature season. As we prepare for the winter, we want to provide you with some things that you can do to help keep up your lawn and property during this season. If you are looking for reminders on your winter lawn care, make sure you check out our previous blog that offers support on that topic.
We do know by now that winter is that season that really can have an effect on your lawn or property, no matter where you live. You want to double check, like Santa with his list, to see whether or not you have done the right things to help keep your lawn and property safe during this season. So some of the reminders we will talk about are; picking up those fall leaves, winter clean up, and why you should clean out your gutters this season.
What to do with those Leaves?
The thing everyone does to fallen leaves, is rake them or blow them. People do not often tend to leave them on their properties until they wake up one morning and they are miraculously gone. Like anything else, taking care of those fallen leaves has its pros and cons.
Before we get into the pros and cons, let’s keep you educated on leaves. The leaves you pick up , put in a plastic bag, and place into the garbage are on a one way trip to the landfill. Those leaves end up in the waterways, making algae grow. They end up robbing oxygen from plants and animals in the water.
In dry climates, leaves protect your lawn and plant life from frost. If you leave a layer of fallen leaves over plants in humid climates, it keeps moisture in the soil and eliminates the opportunity for the plant and its root to dry out. Fallen leaves even protect the lawn and plants in below freezing temperatures and allows the soil temperature to remain stable during the wintery conditions. Leaves also provide shelter in the winter season for bugs that are beneficial to your lawn and plant life. Those fallen leaves took as many nutrients as possible from the trees they fell from, and when the leaves start to die, they bring those nutrients to your soil.
If you let the fallen leaves stay on your lawn too long during the fall and winter season, they rob your lawn of its desired sunlight. Over the course of rainfall or even snowfall, the leaves will then get soggy and remain soggy. Soggy leaves contain diseases, and it is highly recommended that you remove soggy leaves as quickly as you possibly can. If you have too many fallen leaves over your plant life in your garden, they could cause your perennial plants to rot. Fallen leaves also provide a safe place for snails and slugs to lay eggs, sheltering both good and also bad bugs during the season.
It is highly recommended to not put your leaves in a plastic bag for the landfill, but instead a compost pile where you can use them if need be, or give them to someone who will.
Winter Clean Up Already!
Here are just some things that you have to prepare for once winter is over. This winter clean up list will be broken down in a later blog towards the end of the winter season, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about these things now. Winter clean up includes:
- Trimming trees and shrubs
- Removing of dead materials over the winter season
- Weed Control
- Does your snow mold have to be treated?
- Getting ahead of your fertilizing for spring.
Make sure you start thinking about these things as the end of winter draws closer! But don’t worry, we will be here to remind you again as the new season approaches. Look for our winter clean up blog later in the season for all the help and reminders you need!
Clean those gutters!
No one likes being asked or reminded to clean the gutters. That daunting task of getting up on the ladder, getting back down, moving it and repeating over and over again, depending on the size of your property. As daunting of a task as it may seem, cleaning the gutters is essential for keeping your lawn, landscape and property safe and healthy.
The first benefit of cleaning the gutters is to make them last longer. If you spend some time cleaning them out and keeping them in good condition, the gutters will work properly for years! It’s that easy! Cleaning the gutters won’t lead to them filling up, sagging, or getting damaged. This helps them to stay in good condition and they won’t rot or cause damage to your property. The main reason people should clean out their gutters is to prevent water damage. If by chance your gutter clogs, it can flood your foundation or basement which then will lead to water damage affecting the interior of your property. Keeping your gutters clean, not only extends the life of your gutters, but also your roof! On top of that, it stops the chances of pests nesting in your gutters, as well as mold and mildew buildup. All of this decreases the chances of damage to your property and landscape. Not only does it keep you stress free but it is also a cosmetic upgrade to your property, adding value to it!
So next time you hear, “You should really go and clean those gutters”, know that it is for a good cause!
Marathon Lawn Care is the best choice for homeowners in the Austin TX area, and we also serve North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander. In addition, we serve the following communities within the region:
- Cat Hollow
- Scofield Farms
- Wells Branch
- Anderson Mill West
- Village at Anderson Mill
- Mesa Park
- Rattan Creek
- Hunters Chase
- Old Millwood
If you have any questions about our services or lawn care in general, feel free to give us a call or get in touch with us online today! Our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.