Clean it Up

Make sure to pick up leaves (if you are not planning on mulching them), toys, lawn furniture, debris and other equipment. If left on the lawn over the winter months, these things can smother turf, create mold and become homes for critters like mice and insects.

Lower the Mower

Over the winter months, if grass is left long, it can smother itself. It is important to cut grass considerably shorter the last two times you mow before putting away lawn equipment for the winter. Make sure you do not cut off more than one-third of the blade length each time you mow to avoid shocking grass and potentially killing it.

Keep Off the Grass

When under snowfall or even in cold conditions, grass that has been compacted will be slower to green in the spring months. Turf can handle moderate traffic, but it’s important to reduce foot traffic during the colder months when grass is dormant. Be sure to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so guests will not be tempted to walk on the grass.

Prune Perennials

The best time to prune trees and shrubs is in the winter months. This promotes new growth and fruit production in the warmer months to come. You can also cut back perennial plants during this time to ensure that the plant is not wasting energy by attempting to keep dead limbs and stems alive.