4 steps to prepare your yard for winter


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There’s no time like the present to prepare your yard for the coming winter. From your lawn to your garden, here’s what you need to do before the snow really starts to fall.


Seed your lawn.

In some areas of the United States, it’s still not too late to seed your lawn. According to HGTV, in order to get grass that stays greener longer, you want more cool-season grass to grow. (You’ll often see some brown and some green grass at this time of year because the warmer-season grass is now dormant.) HGTV suggests overseeding your lawn six to eight weeks before the first hard freeze.


Rake the leaves.

I know you’re thinking, “What a pain!” But thick layers of leaves will suffocate the grass below, so it’s best to rake or use a blower regularly. Leaves make great mulch, so make sure you reuse them.


Cover perennials.

At times you will see brown spots even on perennials, but HGTV says not to fear — this is just the top growth dying off. You can cover the root ball of perennials with mulch to help them survive bitter temperatures, but don’t cover the center of the plant — this can result in rot.


Mulch your garden.

Want to keep rodents from taking up residence in your garden beds? Before winter hits, Better Homes and Gardens suggests using mulch to create a 6-inch layer on top of the soil. This will help keep pests from burrowing into your rich planting soil.