Winter Landscape Tips
Our crews have finished up our fall cleanups and completed a few final installations for the season.
This summer rain certainly was a challenge and I believe the real damage from it will be shown this next spring.
To Prune or Not to Prune ✂️
That really is the question. Many trees, bushes, and shrubs simply need to have dead or diseased growth removed as part of their winter prep. Others need full pruning as well as extra fertilization or even covering to keep them alive for the winter.
For example, roses should be pruned in the early spring while evergreen shrubs and many overgrown deciduous shrubs (think burning bush) and trees can be pruned in late winter. Each plant in your yard likely has different needs. Taking the time to look up each plant’s individual needs is a great first step, and of course we are here to help answer these questions.
Protect Your Rhodies!
Winter days can be hard for rhododendron and similar evergreens, so applying Wilt-Pruf is key to ensuring winter protection. Wilt-Pruf forms a coating over leaves which helps to prevent damage from temperature variation and provides a barrier game between plants and drying winter wind. It also acts to retain moisture around plant cells to prevent dehydration. Taking proactive action that prevents winter damage is the crux of long term success for these plants, and Wilt-Pruf is an effective option for that goal.
Prevent Drainage Issues 💧
If the downspouts from your gutters stop at the base of your house, rain and snow melt can pour right into your basement. Your landscaping may also be serving as a retaining wall, causing a moat effect. Make sure that all landscaping is pitched away from the house and if necessary, hire someone to dig trenches and install underground drain pipes to pull roof water away from the house. Just as important, make sure leaves or other debris is not blocking access to yard drains.
Take a Closer Look at Your Trees 🌳
Ensure the safety of your trees. Don’t underestimate the potential dangers of snow-covered branches and fallen trees. Thankfully, most of these disastrous situations can be avoided. Take proactive measures by enlisting the expertise of a certified arborist who will accompany you in inspecting your yard. Together, you can identify rotting trees and limbs that are damaged or hanging precariously, which may pose a risk during future storms. By prioritizing the imminent threats, you can effectively mitigate any potential harm.
Tidy Up The Tools 🛠️
Once you’ve finished your outdoor winter prep, it’s time to clean up the tools. The best way to extend the life of your hose and prevent freezing is to remove the hose from the hose bib and store it indoors for the winter. Then shut off the indoor valve for the hose bib to prevent freezing. Next grab all your lawn tools, the rakes, hand trowels, and shovels. Store these in a shed or garage to prevent unnecessary damage.
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