Winter is No Time to Hibernate: Five Tips to Power Up Your Lawn When It’s Cold Outside
Winter may have just begun, but it is never too early to start thinking about lawn and garden care. Here are five tips to power up your lawn!
- Store your fertilizer! If you have leftover fertilizer, save it for next Spring. Make sure you store any fertilizer somewhere dry, and away from other chemicals. A good place may be your basement or garage. Make sure you place your fertilizer bags or barrels on pallets in case the ground below them gets wet in the winter.
- Compost! Gardeners refer to good compost as “black gold.” Buy a large plastic tub, and place it somewhere cool and dry. Place discarded plant waste, egg shells, and other old food with some newspaper. Make sure you do not include any meat in your compost. If you are feeling ambitious, try vermicomposting; simply add some red worms and let them work their magic. By the end of the winter, you will have a rich fertilizer perfect for your lawn and garden.
- Buy seed now. It may surprise you to learn this, but the best time to buy seed is January through March. It seems early, but seed distributors will be fully stocked, and you will have first pick of this year’s seed varieties. Also, because it is generally a low point in the sales cycle, you should be able to find great deals on products you wish to purchase.
- Take preventative action to protect your lawn and garden equipment come spring. Walk around your lawn once a week to check for rocks, large branches, or any other large hard objects that could potentially damage your lawn mower or string trimmer.
- Use the winter months to plan landscaping projects. It may seem early, but spring will be here before you know it. Set aside some time this winter to plan any major landscaping projects you are going to do this spring and Summer. You may even want to create a calendar of lawn and garden projects. There are terrific apps available for your mobile phone and tablet like iScape. Get on your favorite device and get planning! This will put you ahead of the game, and will save you time in the long run.
BONUS – Upgrade equipment. The off-season is a perfect time to take inventory and decide what tools get “the axe” (you may even want to buy a new axe). And as painful as it may sound to have a new toy and not be able to use it for months, buying in the winter when products are on sale can save a bundle.