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Tips for Winterizing Your Landscaping Plants

Tips for Winterizing Your Landscaping Plants

Landscape Winterizing Tips During winter, the temperatures drop and storms come through Maryland, Virginia, and the Greater DC area. Sleet, ice and snow can cause trouble in so many ways, from car accidents to roof leaks and then some. What about your landscaping and plants outside your house? How will they fare this winter?

Applying Fertilizer

Now’s a good time to apply a winterizer fertilizer to your lawn. It should be a product that’s high in potassium. When looking for products to buy and use, avoid ones with any phosphorus, because soil already has plenty in it. Also, look for “horticultural lime,” which makes your lawn more alkaline. Winter’s freeze/thaw cycle will help work pelletized lime into the soil over time.

Lawncare

Before the snow arrives, it’s a good idea to cut your lawn so that it’s about 2 to 3 inches tall. You don’t want it too tall or otherwise fungal diseases are likely to develop. Also, rake up and dispose of leaves because too many leaves can exacerbate the development of disease as well as attract pests. Finally, if you’ve got acorns on the ground, pick them up before they become embedded in the soil. If you “get them in time,” you’ll avoid them taking root, sprouting, and making your lawn bumpy.

Protecting Shrubs

For shrubs in your yard, it’s a good idea to wrap them up in a breathable fabric– almost like a coat for plants, right? Most people use burlap for this purpose. Anything you can put up to protect plant life from harsh winds is a good idea– those whipping winter winds can be brutal. Some people utilize a wooden snow fence, which helps bank snow at the edge of a lawn rather than letting it envelope shrubs. Oh, and during the winter deer often look for things to eat, including your expensive landscaping, so use deer netting/fencing to protect your stuff. There are also spray-on deer repellents that may help keep them away from your precious plants.

If you need help winterizing your landscaping and plants for the winter, please don’t hesitate to call VistaPro Landscaping & Design at 301-805-0119 or email vistapro@vistaprolandscape.com.

 

Paver Brick Vs. Concrete Patios

Paver Brick Vs. Concrete Patios

Patios can be made using paver brick or concrete. Typically, a homeowner will utilize a landscape design firm, like VistaPro Landscape & Design, to figure out and then install their patio. In today’s world, where people like to make their home their sanctuary world, more and more homeowners are expanding their outdoor living spaces. They’re… Continue Reading

The Downfalls of DIY Landscaping

The Downfalls of DIY Landscaping

Some people think to themselves, “Well, I might as well do my own landscaping.” They go to Wal-mart and buy the cheapest stuff possible– cheap mulch, cheap plants, cheap plastic chairs… and they have every good intention of making their yard look good. However, there are some cons to DIY (do-it-yourself) landscaping. Physical Demands First… Continue Reading

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Having a pool is a big responsibility. Here are some swimming pool safety tips to help ensure you and your guests stay safe this summer… and future summers. Add a Protective Barrier For starters, there should be a barrier surrounding your pool especially if you have kids or kids live nearby. The worst news a… Continue Reading