Winter Tips For Trees & Shrubs
During the cooler months, it's crucial to turn our attention to the often overlooked part of the landscape-trees and shrubs. They require thoughtful care and attention to withstand the conditions that winter brings. In this blog, we'll delve into tips and best practices for ensuring the health and vitality of your trees and shrubs during the cold season. From protective measures against frost to strategic pruning techniques, here are some tips to help you care for your shrubs during the winter months.
Winter Tree & Shrub Care
Continue to water your shrubs as needed, even during the winter. Plants may still lose moisture through their leaves during dry or windy periods. Water deeply to encourage deep root growth, but be cautious not to overwater, as soggy soil can lead to root rot.
Apply a layer of mulch or pine straw around the base of your shrubs to help insulate the soil, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature. Mulching also helps protect the roots from extreme temperature fluctuations.
Wind can lead to desiccation, where plants lose moisture through their leaves. Try using burlap or other breathable materials to create windbreaks, especially for evergreen shrubs that are susceptible to winter burn.
Avoid major pruning during the winter. Pruning can stimulate new growth and may make the plant more susceptible to cold temperatures. Instead,pruneyour shrubs in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.
If your area experiences heavy snowfall, gently brush off any excess snow from the branches. Heavy snow can weigh down branches and potentially cause them to break.
If deer are prevalent in your area, protect your shrubs by using physical barriers and repellents and choosing deer-resistant plant varieties.
Check for Pests and Diseases
A variety of insects can attack your shrubs, so inspect your shrubs for signs ofpests or diseasesduring the winter. Some issues may be easier to address if identified early.
Consider the hardiness of shrubs when selecting new additions to your garden. Choosing plants well-suited to your USDA hardiness zone can enhance their ability to withstand winter conditions.
Beyond DIY Tree & Shrub Care
At Turf Masters Lawn Care, we understand not all homeowners have the time, interest or knowledge to appropriate care for their trees and shrubs. Fortunately, we are here to help. Professional tree and shrub care play a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being of your outdoor green companions, especially during the winter months. Our Program treatments this time of year include:
Fertilizing this time of year allows our slow-release, micro-nutrient fertilizer to better reach the plant's root system and be more resistant to disease and drought. It also helps plants produce bolder, brighter colors.
Our winter applications include horticultural oils. Horticulture oils smother overwintering insects and eggs, reducing populations and the likelihood of future infestations. Common pests controlled with horticultural oils include scale, aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, thrips, and spider mites, to name a few.
By practicing some of our helpful tips, you can help protect your shrubs from the winter elements and set the stage for healthy growth when spring arrives. But if professional care is preferred, contact The Nice Guys.
Investing in professional tree and shrub care isn't just a matter of convenience; it's a commitment to the long-term health and vitality of your outdoor landscape, ensuring that your arboreal assets thrive in every season.