Winter Tips from the Professional Landcare Network

| 1/22/2013 12:58:00 PM

Tags: landscaping, lawn care, Professional Landcare Network, PLANET,

With the winter season around the corner, homeowners should be thinking about how to best protect their plants, trees and shrubs from snow, ice, winds and winter temperatures. Taking steps to "winterproof" lawns and landscapes will help to minimize potential damage and get the landscape ready for the spring season.

The following are winter care tips from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national association of landscape professionals:

1. Mulch Trees, Plants and Shrubs. Mulch around trees, plants and shrubs to add extra protection for winter. Mulching is an important control for erosion and loss of water and a 2-inch layer of mulch will reduce water loss and help maintain uniform soil temperature around the roots.

2. Keep Plants Well-Hydrated. Evergreen plants continue to transpire, or lose water through their leaves, even in the winter.   Plants kept well-hydrated until a hard freeze have a better chance for survival.

3. Protect Evergreens, Plants and Trees. Use antitranspirants which are applied to plants and trees to help reduce water loss from plant leaves (similar to sweating.) (Antitranspirants may be purchased at a local home improvement store.) Burlap wrapping may also be used to shield valuable evergreens from salt spray and winter winds. Tie branches together that may be susceptible to snow loads.  For advice on how to protect plants from winter weather, consult a landscape or tree care professional.

4. Cut Grass Shorter. Although during the growing season lawns should be cut to 3 inches to 3.5 inches, the final lawn cutting should be 2 inches to 2.5 inches.

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