OK, full disclosure, not everything on this list is a “must-do.” Instead, consider this a checklist of strongly suggested tasks as you begin to hunker down for the cold-er weather that’s headed our way.
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- Prepare your lawn - If you haven’t already, take one final ride around your property on the mower. Consider it a victory lap - you’ve earned it! And you’ll thank yourself come spring. We recommend cutting your grass down to 2 - 2.5 inches. This will prevent buildup of dead grass underneath the snow, which can hinder future growth. Another important element in preparing your lawn is raking the leaves - something we all grew up doing, perhaps not really understanding why. Allowing the leaves to build up on your lawn could lead to mold which will result in patches of dead grass. So, let the kids out for one final afternoon of gathering and jumping in the leaves, then… throw them away!
- Late Fall Fertilization - Fertilizing before freezing weather hits, will allow your grass to store nitrogen keeping it healthy during hibernation. As a result, your grass will be strong come spring and rebound quicker. Late fall fertilization will also help you avoid the risk of disease and weeds and nobody wants to be dealing with that over Spring Break!
- Water check - Make sure your hoses are unhooked, your sprinklers are turned off and all of the water is drained from your pipes. If you don’t have access to a professional to blow out and ensure your pipes are fully drained, you can simply open your valve and let the water drain naturally or hire a professional to take care of this process for you.
- Pull annual shrubs, plants and flowers - WARNING, this tip is not a “must-do.” That said, if you want your property to maintain its curb appeal and look well groomed throughout the winter months, we strongly suggest participating in this one. Your annual plants are going to die and they’re not going to come back (sorry) - get rid of them!
- Last and Most Important - Prune your trees!!! - It isn’t until the first big snowstorm that we’re always reminded how heavy that delicate white fluffy stuff can get when it starts to build up. This is why it is so important to make sure your trees are pruned prior to heading into the season. This is a #1 priority for us at Kimball Property Maintenance to ensure that our properties, homes and driveways are safe from falling branches.
You know the saying… summer bodies are made in the winter? Well, the same is true for your property. When all those layers of snow come off, you’ll want a healthy foundation so you can easily spruce your property up for fun Spring & Summer outdoor activities!