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Winter Grounds Maintenance Tips

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As winter approaches, it’s vital to prepare for the challenges that colder months bring to your outdoor spaces. Your external landscaping requires special attention during this season to ensure they remain inviting, safe, and well-kept even in the harshest weather conditions.

Here are some additional tips to help you achieve that:

  • Aerate and Scarify Lawns

During autumn, your grounds may accumulate a layer of dead grass and moss known as thatch. Left unchecked, this thatch can kill healthy grass. Aeration and scarification involve removing dead roots and churning the soil. This allows water, oxygen, fertilizers, and grass seed to penetrate the surface, promoting fresh grass growth and ensuring your lawn survives the cold winter months.

  • Clearing Dead Leaves

It’s essential to clear dead leaves from your grassed areas as they can block out sunlight, leading to thinning grass and preventing fresh growth. Removing leaves is a simple yet effective way to give your lawn the best chance of regrowth, maintaining a green and lush appearance in the coming year.

  • Trim Your Trees

Winter is a period when trees go dormant to conserve energy for the warmer months. Depending on the weather, these dormant months run from November to March. Tree trimming during this time can yield better results since trees have dropped their leaves, making the process less stressful for them. It also limits exposure to pests and diseases, ensuring healthier trees. You could also consider installing rodent barriers around trees and structures vulnerable to these pests. 

  • Plant for Next Spring

Planting in Autumn is a prime time for numerous shrubs to thrive. There is an enhanced root development and reduced competition for nutrients, sunlight, and water. Consult with professionals to choose the right plants for your winter planting projects, considering your specific requirements and local conditions.

  • Maintain Pathways and Car Parks

During the winter months these hardscapes can be at risk. Ensure that these are free from cracks and potholes to prevent water from causing damage during the freezing temperatures. Regular maintenance and repairs will extend the lifespan of your hardscapes.

  • Be Ready for Snow

The winter weather can be unpredictable. Having a well-thought-out winter maintenance plan in place for managing snow and ice is crucial to ensure the safety of employees, visitors, and customers.

  • Plan for Future Landscaping

Use the summer months to plan for the upcoming winter projects. It’s a great time to consult with your grounds maintenance team to envisage your landscape improvements.

At Shed Grounds Maintenance, we’re committed to ensuring that your commercial property’s grounds are in top-notch condition all year round. We offer non-obligatory consultations to assess your specific needs and provide tailored solutions that suit your property and budget. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance, or to schedule a consultation.

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