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Winter Landscaping Tips
Trim Your Shrubs, Hedges and Trees
- The dormant months are ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants. In addition to these plants, the vast majority of shrubs and hedges can be pruned during this time. If you’re thinking about pruning your trees, now is also a great time to prune both evergreen and deciduous trees.
- To properly prune your trees, inspect the tree thoroughly and cut back only failing or decayed branches. It is best to use a local, reliable, insured tree removal service. Simpson’s Tree Service will remove any dead trees or high branches.
Remove Leaves and Debris
- Throughout fall and winter, it is very important to keep leaves off your lawn every few days. Leaves and debris that sit on the surface of your lawn prevent sunlight from reaching the grass blades underneath. Less sun means less growth, which in turn makes your grass look less lush and healthy.
Prep Planting Beds for Mulch
- As spring approaches, get a head start on your planting beds in four easy steps. First, prune all shrubs, trees and perennials in your planting beds. Then, remove all leaves and other debris. Then install your bulbs for spring. For ideal results, the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed.
- Mulch your planting beds at a depth of 1.5 – 2 inches. As you mulch, be certain not to cover the trunk of any shrub or tree trunks. Mulch holds moisture and can cause trunk and root rot if it is spread too heavily around the base of plantings.
Winter Care for your Landscape
- In late fall through winter, mow your lawn one last time to prevent matting.
- Tie up your loosely branched evergreens and boxwoods to prevent weather damage.
- Prepare your home for winter and spring by cleaning out the gutters and downspouts once the leaves from the trees have all fallen. If you have a garden, fasten climbing roses to help prevent wind damage.
- Provide protection for your tender or early flowering plants like rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and daphne by staking around, then covering them with burlap if a severe cold spell is forecasted.