Just as winter weather can be unpredictable, so are its effects on customers’ lawns. Hardscape Damage from Winter Conditions is quite common, as many people know. In this guide, readers will learn how their hardscapes can suffer without professional maintenance.
Wintertime desiccation is typically caused when plant tissues dry out because of wind, a lack of airborne moisture, or improper planting. Evergreen plants like taxus, juniper, and boxwood are particularly vulnerable to such damage, and foliage will likely fall or be pushed away by spring growth. A landscaping company can do a deep root feeding with the first thaw, thereby speeding rejuvenation and new growth.
Often seen in areas with turf, snow mold attacks as the snow melts. While it’s unsightly, it can also be damaging enough to require additional seeding after the dead grass is removed. When damage isn’t as bad, basic steps such as dethatching, aeration, and fertilization can reduce the risk of hardscape damage from winter conditions. Furthermore, good mowing techniques may reduce the risk before winter arrives.
Wind, Ice, and Snow Damage
Ice, snow and high winds can damage plants by breaking branches. Multi-stem plants are more likely to suffer such damage, which is often caused by poor pruning. Landscaping companies can perform a dormant pruning, which removes crossed, rubbing, and dead branches. During the growing season, a deep-root feeding can reduce the risk by building stronger branches.
Sun Scald occurs when temperatures rise during winter and the sun heats a plant enough to bring it out of its dormant stage. Once another cold snap hits, cracking can occur. In most cases, plants can heal themselves, but a deep-root feeding can speed the healing process before more bad weather arrives.
This happens when plants with shallow roots enter a rapid freeze/thaw cycle and become uprooted. Again, the cure is to do a deep-root feeding followed by irrigation to promote better root growth. Additionally, a mulch layer around plants will create a bit of a buffer between the plants’ roots and the elements.
Most people worry about the damaging effects that winter can have on their landscaping and hardscaping, but there’s no need to be concerned. Call the team at Seasonal Landscape Solutions in Algonquin to get practical, low-cost solutions to these concerns.