As the beauty of fall fades away to the clear chill of winter, it’s time to begin making preparations for the months ahead. With people spending more of their time indoors, needs outside in the landscape often get overlooked. The winter season presents plenty of opportunity for beautification as well as increasing the sustainability of your landscape. At Tactical Land Care, we are focused on maximizing the potential in your property while minimizing your carbon footprint, no matter what time of year. Here are some recommendations from our experts to help show your property some TLC this winter!
The main task often neglected in the winter season is watering your property. With dry months behind us, there is still a chance your plants’ roots systems could be suffering from drought stress. Be sure to maintain your regular watering schedule to ensure the health of the roots. Keep up your watering schedule until temperatures drop below 30 °F and stay there for a few days; at this point, most major root growth will cease. Evergreen plants may still need water through these colder temperatures as they continue to lose moisture through their leaves. On the note of water, if you use irrigation, make sure your system is winterized by removing all water from the line as to prevent bursts and other damages. Small, preventative steps like this can prevent costly mistakes. For more on watering in your winter landscape, Colorado State University has a guide here.
One essential wintertime landscaping job is mulching. Properly mulching your plants can bring a host of benefits like preventing weeds from appearing in spring, insulating root systems to protect from frost, and increasing the overall fertility of your soil. On the other hand, improperly mulching can cause your plants to lose their ability to regulate oxygen and moisture levels while also damaging soil nutrition. One common and detrimental mistake is the “volcano” style of mulching that looks like thick conical spreads of mulch from the base of plants that smothers the roots, cause bark damage, and can be a home for pests. Ideal mulching should consist of a 2 to 4 inch blanket that leaves the plant base and aerial roots generally exposed. Incorporate some fallen leaves from your property for a small boost of organic material and nutrition. Attention to detail at the base of your garden will give long, prosperous health throughout. Click here for more information on proper mulching from the Morton Arboretum.
Pruning your trees and shrubs is a quintessential job for the landscape in the winter. Properly pruned trees have healthier, more attractive growth patterns and stand up better to inclement weather. Generally speaking, plants should only be pruned when they are dormant as not to waste the plant’s energy and nutrients. With the leaves gone from limbs in wintertime, it is much easier to locate and identify damaged, diseased, or dead areas that may be causing your plant problems. Be sure to use sharp pruners that can make clean cuts at the right angle in order to minimize tears in bark that jeopardize the health of your plant. Here is a more complete guide on proper pruning techniques for specific plants at different times of year in our area.
Whether it’s watering, mulching, pruning, or any other winter task, Tactical Land Care’s team of experts are ready to handle it. With years of combined experience, you can enjoy winter festivities without worrying about your landscape. Tactical Land Care maintains Snow and Ice Management Association certification so you can be assured that your property is held to the highest possible standard of safety and sustainability throughout the season. Give us a call today and show your property some TLC!