How to Prepare your Landscape for the North Dakota Winter

Winter is coming to Bismarck Mandan and it’s time to prepare your landscaping for a successful freeze!

Welcome to the Next 2 Nature blog where we will try our best to inform you of what’s happening, what to do and how to do it in the world of landscape design and maintenence. We’d like to kick off with a post providing you with¬† a quick checklist for better preparing your landscape for the upcoming Bismarck-Mandan winter season. You have invested numerous hours and costs into your landscape and now its time to protect it. Let us help by sharing some quick tips and tricks to get you on your way, and as always don’t hesitate to contact us if in need of any advice or
help.

  • Cut down dead perennials. This can be done in fall or spring it is completely your preference. This can also be a great time to divide perennials and plant them in other spots in your landscape or simply share with friends!
  • Trim back overgrown or broken branches on trees and shrubs.
  • Dig up and remove any exotic or tropical flowers, remove excess soil and store in a dry cool location in a box filled with peat moss.
  • Cover or protect any evergreens that are prone to wind burn in the winter months
  • Give all evergreens one last drink of water before the soil freezes to help with water transpiration.
  • Wrap with Burlap or create a wind break for evergreens that might be susceptible to wind burn.
  • Aerate the lawn, reseed any and bare spots, and apply a fall fertilizer to promote healthy root growth for a healthy lawn come spring.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system to remove all water from the lines.
  • Cut your lawn shorter then normal for the winter to prevent accumulating leaf and thatch build up to help prevent fungus from growing under the snow cover.
  • Inspect the outdoor lighting and transformer, make sure all dead bulbs haven been replaced and the transformer is properly closed for the winter months.
  • Remove any attached hoses and drain out the water, store all patio furniture and flower pots in areas to prevent seasonal damage.