By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Your investment in landscaping materials - trees, plants and shrubbery - are substantial. Take care of them throughout the year, especially during the cold winter months, The landscaping pros at STIHL Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor power equipment in the U.S., have suggestions for preparing your garden and plantings for the dormant season. Follow their advice to guarantee your trees, plants and shrubs will thrive throughout the growing season.
Before Cold Weather Sets In
Throughout fall and into winter, it is very important to keep leaves off your lawn every few days. Leaves and debris that sit on the surface of your lawn prevent sunlight from reaching the grass blades underneath. Less sun means less growth, which in turn makes your grass look less lush and healthy. It can also result in a spotty looking lawn, with patches of dead or brown-looking grass.
In the Winter
The dormant months are ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants such as hostas, peonies, daisies and liriope. In addition to these plants, the vast majority of shrubs and hedges can be pruned during this time. If you’re thinking about pruning your trees, now is also a great time to prune both evergreen and deciduous trees.
To properly prune your trees, inspect the tree thoroughly and cut back only failing or decayed branches. Unless you are absolutely confident in your tree pruning capabilities, we recommend consulting a local, reliable, insured tree removal service. Have them remove any dead trees or high branches prior to winter. Winter storms can bring high winds and heavy snow, which can turn dead limbs into falling hazards.
As spring approaches, get a head start on your planting beds in four easy steps. First, prune all shrubs, trees and perennials in your planting beds. Then, remove all leaves and other debris. After your beds are clear, define the edges of the planting beds by first hard edging, followed by a perimeter pass with a lawn mower along the edge, followed by line trimming for a clean, crisp finish. Finally, install your bulbs for spring. For ideal results, the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed.
Go to www.stihlusa.com to learn more about STIHL’S full line blowers, trimmers, chainsaws, pruners and hand tools. Click on the Information button to see their how-to guides.
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