As winter approaches, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your outdoor plants. Fall is the perfect time to make plans so you and your outdoor space are ready for whatever winter throws your way! The combination of cold temperatures and harsh winds can be tough on plants. As we prepare for this winter, give your plants some extra protection in the following ways.
When it comes to your lawn, don’t give up on mowing just yet. Your grass will thank you for the maintenance come spring. Leaves can be mown right into the lawn but if you have too many, rake, shred, and mulch them into flower beds. This technique is great for building the soil and is an economical and natural alternative to fertilizers. Great outdoor living spaces start from the ground up, so make sure to protect your lawn this fall.
Trees & Shrubs
Plants don’t want to be left out in the cold, so here are a few tips to protect your plant life as the temperature drops:
- Water evergreens, trees, and shrubs - especially those planted in the last three years - up until the ground is frozen, especially if rainfall is less than one inch per week.
- Cut out dead or diseased branches from trees and shrubs. This will significantly decrease branch breakage as snow accumulates.
- Arborvitae are especially vulnerable to damage from heavy snow that can break branches or burn the leaves. To avoid these problems, tie branches to the trunk with rope, never with wire, and build a burlap screen about a foot out from trees that are vulnerable to snowpack, wind, and salt spray.
- Spray plants like broadleaf evergreens, including Boxwood, Rhododendrons, and Azaleas with an anti-desiccant before the first hard frost and during any winter thawing periods to avoid loss of moisture through the leaves.
- Make sure to add extra mulch to cover and protect vulnerable roots, especially for Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Spruce, and Pine.
Don’t stop enjoying your outdoor space just because the temperatures are starting to fall. You can rest easy during this time knowing your garden and lawn will be healthy come springtime if you make a few preparations now. We at Lurvey have the resources you need at your fingertips, learn more and be sure to stop into Lurvey Home & Garden to speak with one of our expert associates and let us help you get the items you need to prepare for winter!