Get ready for winter storms. Keep snow shovels, gloves, sand and window scrapers near the door. Mark the side of your driveway and other key places with reflective poles, to help the snowplows see where to go.
Disconnect hoses. If you haven't done so yet, shut off the water supply to your outdoor faucets. After shutting off the water, turn on the faucets outside to allow any water left to drain out.
Protect your trees and plants. Mice, rabbits and deer can all cause severe damage to plants in the winter.. These animals feed on the tender twigs, bark, and foilage of landscape plants during the winter. They can girdle trees and shrubs and eat shrubs to the ground line.
Dormant / winter horticultural oils are used on woody plants during the late fall or early springs season. Dormant oil applications target overwintering insects and can kill adult, nymphs and eggs of soft body insects like mites, scales, aphids, etc.
Winter burn on trees & shrubs. After experiencing some of the coldest / snowiest winters in the 10+ years many people are asking me about their brown evergreen trees. While inspecting plants over the last few years; I have seen a significant increase of winter burn on a number of different evergreen plants (especially holly).
There are two easy steps for treating winter burn on your conifers and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs. First, use a winter disiccation spray in the late fall or early winter (apply as a thorough cover spray). Second, apply a deep root feed fertilizer in the fall or early spring for strong winter stress recover when the growing season begins. Severe cases of winter burn may require significant pruning of dead wood.
Spread fertilizer before the first freeze.
Bring in potted plants before the first freeze.
Arrange for debris clean up after a winter storm.
Walk through different parts of the yard so not to impact grass below.
Sand over salt can be beneficial to your landscape since the salt would inevitably on the landscape.
Best time to transplant your deciduous bushes, shrubs and trees.
Dormant pruning of trees such as apples, which produce fruits on one-year-old wood, reduces the number of flowers and fruit, but those remaining grow larger. Thinning of these trees designed to increase light penetration to the inner crown will increase flower bud formation and hence increase the crop in the following year.
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