Lawn maintenance might seem like it should be over now that you need to put on gloves before leaving the house, but that isn’t the case! Caring for your landscaping, including trees and lawn maintenance, doesn’t stop when the snow starts falling. Here are a couple of tips for taking care of your trees during the cold winter months.
Stop Cold Stress
Being in cold temperatures is stressful for us as we walk from the front door to our car, so imagine how your trees and lawn feel being stuck out in the cold all day and night! Cold stress occurs as a result of the huge fluctuation in temperatures between the warm winter sun and the cold and blustery winter nights. As a result of these temperature variations, cracks (frost cracking) or southwest injuries can occur. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot that you can do to prevent the problem of frost cracking. Consider wrapping the bark or using a cold weather tree blanket to protect the tree from cracking and help it maintain a more stable temperature.
A Lack of Rain
Sometimes, trees and lawns can dry out over the course of the winter. Winter drought is a condition that happens when trees lose more water than they can pick up from the hard frozen ground. This can strike after the worst of winter is over and the ground is still frozen but the surrounding environment isn’t. Trees get dry without a constant supply of water and can suffer ill health effects as a result. To help ease the effects of winter drought on your trees and lawn, do some basic lawn maintenance that includes adding organic mulch or compost to the base of each tree. This can be done in the late fall or early winter, if you haven’t done it yet. Mulch help prevents rapid moisture loss and stabilize the temperature between the tree roots and rest of the tree.
Call in the Professionals for Your Winter Tree Care
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services through the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure your gardens and grounds look as beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and get more helpful gardening tips, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Twitter.