4 Things That Will Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Landscaping your yard is really an investment which adds beauty, character, and color to your property. Maintaining your property properly to ensure your investment is protected requires time, money, and expertise if you want it done right. At Action Lawn & Landscape, we know how to take care of trees, shrubs, flowers, grass, and even weeds. And once the temperatures start to drop, we know that the landscaping in Reno requires some specific care and treatments so they will get through the winter healthy and strong.


Trees and shrubs, especially young trees and shrubs, need to be pruned to promote their health, encourage the development of fruit and flowers, improve their appearance, control their size, remove branches that are dead or dying, and to protect property and people. Pruning is basically preventative maintenance and many problems are prevented when pruning is done correctly and at the right time, when the plant is young.

Deep Root Watering

Another technique that is effective for landscaping in Reno is deep root watering. The best time to use this technique is when the plant growth has slowed to a minimum, which is usually in the fall or winter. Deep root watering encourages the roots to grow down and look for water, which will establish a larger and stronger root system for the plant or tree. Fertilizer can be added when you are deep root watering, for a little winter snack.


Leaves left on your lawn over the winter are a good idea if they are mulched and in tiny pieces. As the leaves decay, they give your lawn nutrients that you didn’t have to pay for. It is not a good idea to leave whole leaves in layers on your lawn over the winter because when spring comes and the temperatures warm up, the leaves act as a barrier to sunlight and air. They will need sunlight and air to grow and be beautiful next year. So rake your leaves, mulch them, and spread them over your lawn.

Grass Length

The final time your lawn is mowed at the end of the season, the height of the grass should be about 2 inches. Anything taller can lie down and create a moisture barrier that can lead to mold and disease. Aerating your lawn in the fall helps keep it healthy and strong. Don’t forget that your sprinkling system needs to be drained and blown out to prevent the sprinkler pipes from freezing, breaking, and needing to be replaced.

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