As cold weather approaches and those icy nights last longer, it’s time to consider what your landscape needs to prepare for winter. It is essential to think about how to prepare your landscape for winter so that it experiences minimal damage during the winter months. If your landscape is adequately prepared for cold weather, it can return in spring ready to flourish and grow throughout the summer. If you want optimal results, consult the experts at Scientific Plant Service for recommendations for your landscape. We can help you determine which of the following services will best prepare your landscape for winter.
Remove Fallen Leaves
Removing piles of fallen leaves from your lawn helps to maintain a healthy landscape throughout fall and winter. You may simply remove your leaves using a rake or a leaf blower. You might also turn the leaves into compost or mulch, which can improve your lawn’s long-term health. If you use leaves as mulch/fertilizer, chop them with your lawnmower first so they can fall between the blades of grass.
Prune Trees and Shrubs
One way to prepare your landscape for winter is to remove potentially dangerous tree limbs and branches that might be brought down by winter ice and snow. By pruning these branches before they fall off, you maintain the tree’s health by preventing jagged breakage and damage. Pruning can be difficult for someone who doesn’t know the best tools and methods for tree care, so it is best to contact professional arborists at Scientific Plant Service for advice.
Fertilize – with Caution
Since plant roots continue to grow throughout the winter, fertilizing your lawn is an important part of preparing your landscape for winter. However, you must be cautious about fertilizing during this time. If you provide the proper nutrients to your lawn during the fall and winter, your lawn’s roots will continue to grow. Before applying fertilizer, call Scientific Plant Service to conduct a soil test to determine what fertilizer is needed for optimal lawn health. Scientific Plant Service utilizes state of the art enhanced slow release fertilizer that slowly releases over the winter and following spring.
As you prepare your landscape for winter, you may add mulch to the base of various plants or trees on your property. This mulch can help maintain an even soil temperature, lessening stress on plants, trees, and shrubs. Adding mulch can also help conserve water because it retains moisture.
Anti-desiccants are natural wax like coatings that help prevent winter’s drying winds from desiccating your prized evergreen trees and shrubs. Scientific Plant Service’s arborist will survey your landscape to determine the trees and shrubs that will benefit from an anti-desiccant.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.