Cold weather can be severely damaging to your landscape in many ways and the best time for your plants in other ways. Here are 8 landscape maintenance tips to avoid damaging your landscape during the winter months to make for a healthier lawn all year round.
Choose Hardier Plants
One of the things that you can do that will make winter care and maintenance of your lawn easier actually has to do with what you plant earlier in the year. Choose hardier plants that are known to do well in the winter.
Clean Up Leaves and Debris
Any leaves and debris left on the ground when the snow starts to fall can be very dangerous for your landscape. To allow moisture to reach the grass and soil, clear debris from your lawn before winter.
Prune Trees Back from the Road
Salt spray from passing cars is one of the most hazardous things for your landscape elements. As much as possible, avoid planting things close to the road, or trim these far from the road if you can.
One of the most dangerous things for your landscape in the winter is harsh winter winds. You can protect your landscape a lot by putting up fences or garden barriers around plants and trees to keep the wind from damaging them.
Cover beds with 1.5 to 2 inches of mulch around trees and bushes. To make it look as good as possible, stamp it down with the back of a shovel or a rake. To avoid infecting the soil with disease or encouraging root rot, talk to a landscaping company about the best approach to mulch.
Water Plants and Trees
As soon as the temperature rises above freezing, water all of your plants and trees at the root. Make sure that the stems and leaves are not allowed to get wet.
Salt spray from cars, wind, and snow are all things that can cause damage to trees if you are not careful. A landscaping company can help you by guiding you to the best commercial tree wraps that will protect tree trunks from the cold and moisture that may otherwise afflict your trees.
Keep Animals Out
Animals like rodents, deer, and rabbits can be cute and fuzzy, but they can wreak serious havoc on your plants and trees. Keep them out by fencing your property and/or surrounding your tree trunks and bushes with mesh cloth.
Leave the Snow Alone
It can be tempting to knock icicles off your trees and bushes, or to push snow and ice off your bushes and plants. However, doing so can actually break branches and ruin leaves and stems.