Landscape preparation for winter

Fall chores are your last chance to prepare your outdoor landscape for winter. Here we will guide you to some very basic steps you can take to protect and preserve your lawn and landscape.

 

Spread Mulch

Fall mulching helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during a cold and dry winter. We normally spread 2 to 3 inches of  mulch around shrubs and trees.

Remove the Dead and Dying

If you remove dead landscaping in the fall, you don’t have to look at it all winter.

  • Remove dead annual plants.
  • Cut back dead ornamental grasses and perennials.
  • Lightly prune dead and dying branches from shrubs and trees.
  • After the first frost, cut back tea roses to about a third of their height.

Wrap Delicate Shrubs

Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate and pricey shrubs. To protect your landscaping from the winter elements:

  • Hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets.
  • Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap.
  • Surround vulnerable trees with shredded leaves.

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