Winter is hard on trees. Wind, ice, and cold temperatures can harm trees through sunscald, branch-breaking ice loads, or winter burn on evergreens. Taking preventative measures in the fall can help minimize winter injury to trees in the landscape.
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Caring for Your Landscape
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.
If your like most landscape contractors, you did a double take when you read that. Who mulches in the fall and winter? The answer may surprise you: More and more of your colleagues are changing their programs and mulching from mid-October through April, and they’re reaping the benefits. By moving this job to the cooler months, they’re reducing damage to the plants, as well as increasing weed suppression.
Landscaping is meant to be pleasing to the eye and also functional. We want you to use your yard to its full potential: a place to relax, a place to play, and whatever other hobbies you may have. Maybe grow a veggie garden or entertain friends.
Most home landscapes have shrubs. They improve soil stability, boost air quality, and create habitats for wildlife. On top of that, shrubs can provide beauty to the landscape throughout all seasons. These small- to medium-sized woody plants can be evergreen or deciduous flowering varieties. They can accent landscape beds, highlight hardscapes, or flank paths or entryways.
Big leaf hydrangeas produce some of the best-loved summer flowers: big, blousy orbs of pink, purple, or blue. Everyone, it seems, has one, but not everyone has found equal success in getting a yard full of fabulous flowers. This is why the number one question we are asked every year is, “Why isn’t my hydrangea blooming?” It’s a pretty easy question to answer yourself, once you have some basic knowledge of the one characteristic that makes these beautiful bushes a little bit different than the others: they bloom on old wood.