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Winter Tips: Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

Winter is coming and we have some tips on how you can prepare for those freezing temperatures!

Remove the Dead and Dying

Although fall isn’t the time to prune, because it encourages growth when healthy plants should rain dormant, you shouldn’t shelve your shears and loppers yet. Fall is the time tidy up your landscape before putting it to bed for the cold sets in. If you remove dead landscaping in fall, you don’t have to worry about looking at it all winter.

Remove Annual Plants for Winter

Remove such plants as dead annuals, deadhead spent blooms and cut back dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials. Lightly prune dead and dying branches from your shrubs and trees. Not all plants are capable of growing during the winter, regardless of how much attention you pay them. However, you can transplant them into pots, and then move them inside until spring.

Cover Vulnerable Plants

Are you worried that your existing plants might sustain injury during the cold winter months? Well, you can always cover them for another barrier of protection against these temperatures. And on exceptionally cold days, you can use a special frost protection fabric to cover your plants.

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Frost is Almost Here, Winter is Coming!

Winter is coming and with it comes low temperatures, frost and even snow! Your yard might be at risk, but no need to worry! Check out these tips to prepare your yard.

Spread Mulch

Contrary to what many may believe, fall mulching is better for plants than spring mulching. Fall mulching helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during cold and dry winters. Simply spread about 2 or 3 inches of fresh mulch around your shrubs and trees. Try to avoid using free mulch from municipal piles because they often contain disease spores. Instead, use hardwood shredded mulch.

Maintain Taller Grass

During the spring and summer months, there’s nothing wrong with mowing your lawn down to just 1-1.5 inches; but during the winter you should raise it. Cold winter temperatures can stress grass, potentially killing it if it is too short. Most varieties of grass work will with the general rule of thumb — keep your grass no shorter than 2.5 inches during the winter.

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