Although summer is just beginning, it is never too early to start preparing your yard for winter. Preparing your landscaping for winter early can help ensure that everything will survive the cold winter weather. Follow these tips to ensure that your yard is ready when winter comes.
- Spread mulch. Mulch can help protect the roots of plants from frost and help them retain moisture during cold and dry winters. Make sure to spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around shrubs and trees. Make sure to buy hardwood shredded mulch from home garden centers instead of free mulch from municipal piles. Cheap and dry mulch is usually made from trees which died from diseases, which will cause the mulch to spread disease spores to your plants.
- Remove the dead and dying. Remove any dead annuals and cut back dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials. Lightly prune any dead and dying branches from trees and shrubs.
- Get your wraps ready. Make sure to wrap any delicate shrubs when the weather starts to cool down. Ice, high winds, and heavy snow can dry and split delicate shrubs. Make sure to hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets and wrap shrubs in burlap when the temperature drops.
- Visit the sales. When fall comes along, make sure to visit your local nursery to take advantage of the sales that happen when the weather starts to cool.
Contact Enhanced Landscape Management for all of your landscaping needs in the Conejo Valley and Los Angeles area. We can help ensure that your yard is prepared for the winter, as well as help you keep your summer landscaping looking its best all summer long. With a thorough knowledge of plants, trees, proper irrigation, and drainage we can help build you a beautiful yard, or help improve what you have already started.