Tips for Getting Your Lawn and Yard Ready for Cold Temperatures

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Keeping a good-looking yard is hard enough during the summer, let alone during the winter. If your yard looked like a wasteland last winter, you’re probably looking for ways to be better prepared. While winter is tough on most plants, there are several things you can do to keep your lawn from withering away as the temperatures drop. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Fertilize and Reseed

Many Northern California lawns become damaged by heat in the summer, and need a little pick-me-up to make it through the cold of winter. Giving your grass a fertilizer that’s rich in nitrogen and phosphorus can help them develop strong roots for the months ahead. It’s also a good idea to reseed damaged areas so your lawn appears fuller.

Water Sparingly

While the rain of fall may help you water your lawn, it may not be enough. Still, there’s no need to water your lawn as often as you did in the summer. Experts recommend about an inch of water over a three-week period—Mother Nature should do the rest. To keep the other plants in your yard alive, use your best judgment; if there are long periods without rain, give your plants something to drink.

Apply a Layer of Mulch

Once the cold winds of winter start blowing, the roots of your precious plants may become cold and dry. To make sure your plants stay healthy, apply a three-or-four-inch layer of mulch throughout your plant beds. Mulch will help keep your plants’ roots stay moist and warm, giving them the perfect opportunity to grow. Mulch is also great for suppressing weeds and providing additional nutrients.

If you need a seed spreader, wheelbarrow, or any other type of lawn equipment this fall, don’t hesitate to contact A Tool Shed . We’ve been renting equipment to the people of San Jose and Northern California for nearly 70 years. Today, we have six locations—each of which offers affordable tool rental. Call (831) 359-4769 to find out how our rental equipment can make your next project easier.

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