Here in Michigan, we know that fall usually doesn’t last very long. We’ve already had our first big snowfall of the season, breaking records left and right. As winter descends upon us, it’s our responsibility to make sure our landscaping is protected from what winter brings. Here are a few landscaping winterization tips to ensure your property is protected from the snow, freezing temperatures, and winter winds.
It’s easy for the trees and shrubs in our yard to become just a beautiful part of the background, but we can’t forget about tree and shrub care. Michigan winters are brutal and long. It can be very stressful for our trees and shrubs, but there are a few ways we can protect them.
The frigid temperatures of winter can cause a lot of stress for our trees and shrubs, particularly for their roots. A great way to protect our ornamentals is by adding mulch. Adding mulch around our trees and shrubs is one of the best things you can do for their overall health. That layer of mulch protects your roots from fluctuating winter temperatures, helps retain moisture, prevents the growth of nutrient-robbing weeds, and it’ll even help keep your trees safe from lawnmower damage.
When you choose your mulch, it’s a good idea to stick with an organic option. Wood chips and shredded bark will be your best options. Make sure you apply no more than three inches of mulch around your trees and shrubs. Avoid piling the mulch up against the trunk of your trees as this leaves them vulnerable to hungry voles in the winter.
Another great way to protect your trees and shrubs this winter is by wrapping them. Heavy ice and snow, dry winds, and dangerously cold temperatures can all cause damage to ornamentals throughout the winter. Even the sun can be devastating to our trees. Sunscald is a form of tissue damage that occurs when the sun heats up the bark of a tree throughout the day, activating the tissue. When the sun sets or disappears behind a building, the freezing temperatures return and the active tissue is damaged. Sunscald can even cause tree death.
The best answer to these problems is to wrap your trees. Use a light-colored tree wrap as this will reflect the sun, helping to keep a consistent temperature on and around your trees and shrubs. Tree wraps protect your trees and shrubs from moisture-sucking winds, heavy snow, and the scalding sun.
Water features like a pond or fountain add a splash of fun to any property. To preserve their beauty and keep them in working order for years to come, you’ll need to properly winterize your water features. Here are a few winterization tips to protect those water features.
If your water feature is large enough to require a pump, then the most important winterization task for you is to remove the pump this winter. When the water in your pond or fountain freezes around the pump, it can cause a lot of damage. Pressure from the ice will cause your pump to crack, which will then allow water to get into the inner workings. Come springtime, when you turn the pump back on, it’ll break. Save yourself the headache of having to replace your pump by removing it now, before any damage can be caused.
Now is a good time to clean out your pond of any debris that has accumulated throughout the year. Leaves and sticks can ruin the aesthetics of your backyard oasis, especially in the fall. Removing leaves now will also make your pond start-up in the spring much easier.
Having a deck or patio in your backyard is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Proper seasonal maintenance, including winterization, will ensure your deck or patio can be enjoyed for years to come. Here are a few winterization tips to protect your deck or patio.
The first step in winterizing your deck or patio is to protect the furniture. Patio tables, chairs, couches, and any other furniture that you have outside should be either covered or properly stored. Heavy snow and ice can damage outdoor furniture. Store them in a garage or shed to protect them from the elements.
Keeping your deck or patio can feel like a full-time job, especially if you have a lot of trees in your backyard. At the end of fall, it’s important to remove any leaves, sticks, pine needles, or anything else that has accumulated. If these are left over the winter, then you’ll be looking at stains and potential damage come spring. After you store your furniture, take a broom and sweep off your deck. You’ll be thankful in the spring.
Taking care of your landscaping and hardscaping is an important job. If you need help, then call the experts here at Images Landscaping. Whether you’re looking for renovation, mulching, or water feature services, we have the premium services for you.