One question we get quite a bit is whether or not it’s possible to plant a tree or plant or shrub in the winter. The short answer to the question is ‘it depends.’ In some cases, the wintertime is actually the perfect time to plant a tree. In other situations, it’s the absolute worst time and may even hurt your tree in the long run.
Shrubs are the ultimate accent for any outdoor space. We want them looking great, maintained and healthy. We also want them to survive through the winter so they can head into peak growing season ready to thrive and give our lawn the pop it deserves!
Here are some tips you can use to keep your shrubs safe in the winter and put them in the best possible position to succeed come springtime!
Let’s jump right in!
Our long, New England winters can really do a number on trees. More often they’re left bare, exposed to the elements and in addition to dealing with the usual riff raff, have to deal with dry, moisture-less air for much of the season.
In recent years, people have begun to get better about wrapping their trees in the winter in order to not only protect them from the cold, but also give them a better shot at bouncing back successfully once Spring hits. As this has happened, we’ve found ourselves fielding the question of whether or not people should wrap their trees. What trees need wrapping and which ones don’t we need to worry about?
That’s the question that we’ll try to answer for you today, so let’s jump right in.
Mature trees are the kings of the forest. They provide us with a whole range of
benefits – from improving our air quality, to managing carbon and reducing runoff.
And it’s because of those benefits that we need to do our best to make sure we’re
taking care of them as best we can.
One way we do this is something called crown reduction.
When the summer turns into fall, it becomes time to put a lot of stuff away for the
winter. We put away our bathing suits, beach towels and shut down our pool. We
winterize our lawn mower and get our snow blowers tuned up.
That being said – should your garden hose also follow?
One of the best things about home ownership is the ability to enjoy an outdoor space and the privacy of your own home. That being said, many yards leave homeowners feeling exposed and not getting the kind of privacy they had hoped for. The less private our yards feel, the less likely we are to spend time there.
Trees can hold a special place in our hearts for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes
they simply stand the test of time – living through hundreds and thousands of years
of weather, families, history and the like. Others just give our lawn the look we’ve
always wanted it to have.
Before we know it, all this warm, summer weather we’ve been enjoying will give way for colder weather and inevitably – the fall. And that fall is an important time of year when it comes to taking care of your trees.
This week’s blog is going to focus on some of the things you need to think about when prepping your trees for the fall and the impending cold weather. Let’s jump right in!
Tree stumps happen. Storms come and damage trees, we cut them down due to dangerous leans, old age kills them – you name it, it happens and chances are that you’ll have a tree stump dangling out there in your yard at some point and there’s an even better chance that it stays there for a long while.
We don’t pull punches when we say we love mulch and have advocated for it a million and one times on this blog. Its benefits are numerous and it’s a must-have ingredient for a tree’s health, growth and sustenance.
But to the laymen, it’s hard to tell when’s too much, what’s not enough, or just right. The old saying goes ‘too much of a good thing can be bad’ and that’s very much true even when it comes to things like mulch. Too much mulch can cause problems and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
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