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The majority of property owners throughout Connecticut are mostly focused on the Spring and Summer seasons when it comes to landscaping and gardening. However, performing landscaping and gardening during the Winter season can be just as beneficial, if you are interested in increasing your curb-appeal and maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape for your property. The extremely cold weather and heavy snowfall, which has occurred this winter has created an very strenuous environment for the trees, shrubs, and plants of your landscape, which is why it is essential to take measures to prepare them for the elements, so that will be healthy and vibrant come spring time. We have listed a few preventative measures that you can take to protect your plants throughout the rest of the winter.
Pruning your shrubs, trees, and hedges. Pruning a is very important factor in promoting a successful grown in the spring season. The majority of your pruning should be performed during the Fall season, but if you did not have the opportunity to perform pruning, it will still be effective in the winter season. Pruning will boost new growth that would otherwise be damaged by the snow and cold temperatures. If you are planning on pruning your trees this winter, it is best that you first consult with a professional landscape architect. The landscape professionals at Tick and Turf can provide consultation services that will allow you to understand the correct methods of pruning for particular species of trees and the best time of the year to perform pruning services.
Apply mulch to your plants, trees, and shrubs. Once you have performed your pruning duties, it will be beneficial to apply a heavy layer of mulch to your landscape and garden. Adding mulch will allow the ground area to remain frozen and act as a deterrent from receiving the heat from the sun. This will allow your plants, shrubs, and trees to maintain a consistent temperature that will keep the plant dormant throughout the winter months. This will prevent your plants from producing new grown in the event that their is a abrupt warm spell. The added mulch will also work to conserve the remaining water that is contained in the dirt.
Wrap your tree trunks with a flexible, protective barrier. Frost cracks can materialize on the bark of trees when temperatures abruptly rise and fall. Generally, it is not the cold temperatures that are most damaging to your trees, it is the cold winds that present the greatest perils. Trees can be vulnerable to sun scald. Sun scald occurs when the sun's light increases the temperature of the tree bark in the daytime. As nighttime approaches, the bark's temperature rapidly lowers, which causes it to split and break open. This process is a perfect catalyst for diseases and insects to attack. You can protect your trees or shrubs by surrounding them with wooden stakes and then wrapping them in a protective barrier. The protective barrier will obstruct the cold and heavy winds and keep your trees more heated.
Add water to your trees, plants and shrubs. It is important to assiduously water your plants before freezing temperatures set it in order to lower the amount of freeze damage incurred. It will not just be the cold temperatures damaging your plants, it will also be the strong and heavy winds, which can dry-out your trees and shrubs. By keeping your soil hydrated, it will absorb higher levels of sunlight during the day time and it will transmit the heat during the night-time.
Winter landscaping is often overlooked and there are many Connecticut property owners that underestimate its importance. You can contact Tick and Turf of Southbury, Connecticut for more information on how to devise a comprehensive winter landscaping maintenance plan, which will assist you in having a vibrant and healthy landscape during the spring and summer months and preserve your investment for many years to come. Tick and Turf can perform the proper preparations for your shrubs, trees and lawn during the winter months. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Tick and Turf offers winter landscaping, spring fertization, deer repellent, tick & weed control, landscape design & maintenance, brich leaf miner, foliar sprays, deep root spraying, core aeration and much more to the following towns and surrounding areas in Connecticut: Southbury, Farifield, Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Westport, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Oxford, Danbury, Waterbury and beyond.