While the winters in Charleston are generally very mild, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your landscaping. With a little preparation and proper care, you will improve your home’s curb appeal and keep your plants healthy. Here are just a few ways that you can prepare your Charleston landscaping for the cold winter months.
1. Bring Some Plants Indoors
You never know when the temperatures may drastically decrease and you want to be prepared. Bring inside all tender plants that are not strong enough to endure those cold, frosty nights. This includes all planters and hanging baskets. You may also need to cover certain plants throughout the winter to keep them warm and to prevent the frost from touching their leaves.
2. Rake Up the Leaves
As the leaves begin to fall, strive to clean them up as soon as possible. When you leave the leaves on your grass, you are more prone to spreading disease throughout your yard and after heavy precipitation, they can become much harder and more time-consuming to remove. Plus, removing the leaves will keep your yard looking nice and well maintained.
3. Use Mulch
Mulch is a covering for your soil. It can be comprised of a variety of materials including bark, straw, and compost. During the fall months, simply spread a thin layer of mulch over your soil. This will help to maintain the temperature of the soil and keep your plants healthy and happy. It will also cut down on weeds and help your plants stay moist.
4. Fertilize Your Lawn
You want to keep your grass as healthy as possible, particularly during the colder weather. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to fertilize the grass. This will provide the proper nutrients the grass needs to survive the colder weather. It will also give it just a small boost that it needs to fully grow in the spring. To truly reap the benefits of fertilization, consider fertilizing during the late fall months.
5. Plant Your Bulbs
If you desire pops of color around your Charleston home in the spring, you want to begin during the fall. The autumn months are the ideal time to plant many of your flower bulbs such as tulips and daffodils. It is also the time to think about planting bulbs in your garden such as garlic and shallots. While this won’t improve your curb appeal today, in the spring and summer months, you will be grateful you put in the time and energy to plant the bulbs.
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