It’s officially winter in New England and while the temperatures haven’t reached their worst quite yet – your plants are already beginning to feel the effects! Those wet leaves you left on the lawn are smothering your turf. Shrubs begin to buckle under the weight of hefty snow piles. You name it – your plants are having a rough go of it!
So what are some keys to maintaining them in the winter? What techniques exist that will help give them the best chance of rebounding quickly in the Spring? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss today: Keys to maintaining plants during the winter.
Let’s jump right in!
Be mindful of how liberally you apply salt and ice melt products as they can burn your plants. In the event you see excess salt on your grass or in bushes – do what you need to do in order to brush it off or get rid of it. More importantly – be mindful of where you’re spreading it and keep it where it’s meant to be kept – on the pavement.
Get your leaves off your lawn!
If you mulch leaves down into glorious, nutritious detritus – great. If you’d prefer to rake them – great. Just be sure that whatever it is you choose – that you get those leaves off your turf as soon as possible. Your lawn needs air to breathe and leaving a soggy mess of dying leaves on your lawn all winter will suffocate your grass. Even worse – it is a virtual incubator for pests and diseases.
We’ve discussed this in past blogs – but winter time is prime pruning season. You’ll be able to see your trees’ canopies and problem spots will be easier to reach now that the leaves are gone. Even more importantly – your tree will heal quicker – leaving it well prepared for the blooming season when insects and pests come out of hibernation.
Add some mulch
Everyone loves that fresh coat of mulch in the Spring, but it’s even more important in the fall. Mulch can help a tree maintain moisture in the winter but just as vital – it helps maintain the temperature level which is really important to a tree’s overall growth and development.
Don’t let winter get the best of your landscape! Give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation on what you’ll need to do to get your grass growing again in the Spring!