3 Simple Ways You Can Use To Protect Your Trees And Shrubs From The Winter
The winter is coming to its highest peak and if you think you’re feeling the effects of its long and freezing cold fingers, imagine what your trees and your shrubs on your landscape are going through. Your landscape should be protected at all times so that it can bloom into its beautiful self once that spring hits.
Even though your landscaper may have suggested taking some preventive measures over the autumn, there are some other actions you can apply in order to protect your landscape even further.
Here’s a list you may want to take in order to protect those trees and shrubs. They are extremely easy, and they will ensure that, once spring arrives, you’ll be in a position to enjoy them at their best.
1. Mulching is Key
If you have any new plants in your landscape, or if you have young trees in it, you may want to add mulch around them. The recommended amount is 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the base of your young trees; do try to leave enough breathing space near the trunk. This will prevent heaving and it will keep the soil insulated. It also serves as a good idea to surround your trees with plastic or wire, in order to protect them from rodents.
2. Burlap is The Way
Covering your plants with this material is quite useful. Simply surround your plants with some stakes and cover them with a burlap screen but don’t let it touch the foliage as it can get wet and freeze, thus damaging your plants. Once the weather begins to warm up you can remove the burlaps but leaving the stakes is highly recommended, so that you can put the screen back in case the cold has a sudden come back.
3. Avoid Using Salt Around Your Plantings
Although adding salt and other de-icing products to your walkways can prevent slips and fall, it can actually do some damage to your landscape. De-icing products can damage and even kill your trees and shrubs, not to mention damage your pet’s paws. But if you put up a barrier around your trees, such as fencing or a burlap barrier, you can keep the salt away. And don’t forget to flush the surrounding soil away with water away from the roots of your plantings in the spring!
Contact Your Landscape Specialist
There are many ways to keep your landscape protected over the winter but the first rule is never to neglect any of your trees and plants only because they are not blooming. Contact your residential landscapers and ask them for further advice. This may be a good time since the really, really cold months are about to arrive. Brrrrr…