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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.

 

Outdoor Additions That Could Add Value to Your Home

Outdoor Additions That Could Add Value to Your Home

“Outdoor living” is a trend that has been catching on during the past few years. More and more people are taking their kitchen and living room outdoors, in a manner of speaking, such that backyard patios and porches and sunrooms and more are the new norm. What are some outdoor options that can add value… Continue Reading

The Advantages of Paver Pool Patios

The Advantages of Paver Pool Patios

If you have a pool installed in your backyard, it’s important for you to install a patio pool deck to go along with it. A patio pool deck will allow you and your guests to enjoy your pool for years to come. Nevertheless, when you go to install a patio pool deck, you will realize… Continue Reading

Tips for Maintaining Brick Pavers

Tips for Maintaining Brick Pavers

Installing brick pavers on your property can help you transform the look of the exterior of your home and enhance the landscaping you have done. However, in order to keep brick pavers looking their best, it’s important to maintain them. It’s not difficult to do this, and as long as you stay on top of… Continue Reading

Choosing a Paving Material for Your Patio

Choosing a Paving Material for Your Patio

Choosing a paving material for your patio doesn’t have to be a headache! Luckily for you design-inclined folks, there are tons of great options out there that will complement lots of different styles of patio furniture, all of which will work great for outdoor entertaining. And what more can we ask of our patios aside… Continue Reading

Tips for Maintaining Your Brick Pavers

Tips for Maintaining Your Brick Pavers

A patio or walkway constructed of brick pavers can add an elegant, eye-catching flair to your home’s exterior. We love working with pavers because they offer so many opportunities for creativity. They’re also quite low maintenance, which makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas. To keep them looking their very best, however, you… Continue Reading