How to Prep Your Yard For Winter

Winter will be here before you know it, so make sure your yard is ready for the cold.
1. THEY GIVE THEIR DRIVEWAY AND WALKWAYS SOME TLC.
Your lawn’s overall look includes your driveway and walkways. The fall is an important time to fill cracks in asphalt or concrete, and apply a sealant to help prevent water penetration damage from freezing and thawing. Any time water gets into cracks and freezes, you are at risk for even more damage.
2. THEY WATER THEIR EVERGREENS.
Make sure all evergreens are sufficiently watered in September and October to reduce the possibility of dehydration in the winter. How much water do you need? That depends on the recent weather. If it’s starting to be a rainy fall, no water is necessary. If it’s less than four inches for the month, you’ll need one or two thorough hour-long waterings once a week for up to three weeks.
3. THEY DO SOME PRUNING.
Trees and shrubs typically need a heavy pruning before the cold winter. Some may need it to help prevent damage from snow and ice storms and some just for looks or to control size for next spring. Just don’t prune certain flowering plants like hydrangeas, lilacs and viburnum, because it could spoil the spring bloom.
4. THEY PACK UP FOR THE WINTER.
When your chores are done, bring in all of your tools, sprinklers and, especially, hoses.

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