We are deep into winter but have winter in our sights. Yet, there is still much to do when it comes to caring for your commercial landscape during the winter. Here are some tips to follow: Avoid walking on your lawn during winter. If it tends to freeze in your area, walking on it can lead to bare spots that will not go away when your grass returns from its seasonal dormancy. Tie up loosely branched evergreens and boxwoods that can become damaged from the weight of any snow that falls. Do not use a broom or snow shovel to get rid of snow that builds up on shrubs. If the limbs are frozen, they are fragile and can be easily damaged. Check on how your winterization efforts are doing with your irrigation system to make sure nothing is busted. Winterize all your landscaping maintenance tools. This includes emptying gas from all equipment engines and sharpening tools like pruners, spades, and shovels. Provide protection for early flowering plants, such as rhododendrons, camellias, and azaleas by covering them with burlap. Mulch planting beds to keep the roots of plants warm and protected. Remove any leaves and debris that have built up. When it gets closer to spring, start focusing on planting bed by pruning all shrubs, trees, and perennials. Remove all dead wood and clean up the area to improve the health of all plants and flowers. Replant perennials like black-head Susans, daisies, and groundcovers. Plant spring bulbs. Consider tree removal on any that are large and overgrown during this season. Regularly remove all snow and ice sidewalks throughout your commercial landscape to make it easier for customers to visit your business. Contact us at Pugh's Earthworks to consider our monthly commercial landscape maintenance services, including the winter season.
We are now in the midst of winter, which means there could be snow, ice, freezing conditions, rain, wind and lots of debris that can make a mess of lawns. While it may seem easier to just let the lawn be until the end of winter, there are still things you can do to maintain your lawn in the winter time. When weather conditions allow, you can still fertilize, aerate, seed, and clear your lawn of debris. Here are some winter lawn care tips to enact today: Aerate and Fertilize This needs to be done before the first frost date. Most likely, that has already happened so you may need to skip this step in winter lawn care for the moment. If you haven't experienced a frost, then this is a good chance to give your lawn some time to breathe and relieve soil compaction. Once you've aerated, use some fertilizer that only works toward providing nutrients for root growth during those cold months. Tidy the Debris All the leaves and other debris can cut off any air that your lawn needs to breathe during those dormant winter months. That's why you'll need to remove the leaves. Also, any debris like that could become wet and harbor disease that could do damage to your lawn. Rake up as much debris as possible. You can use it for mulch or put it in your green recycling. Keep Off the Lawn When your lawn is frosted or dormant, it's best to try to avoid walking on it too much. Even strong grass can become weak if it's regularly walked on. You can avoid walking on your lawn by doing your best to keep driveways, sidewalks, and other walkways free of snow and ice by using rock salt. Prepare While You Can Do as much as you can when weather permits. Otherwise, leave the rest to Mother Nature. Commercial Lawn Care Help We can handle all of your winter commercial lawn maintenance needs. Also, don't forget that we also offer snow and ice treatment.
The winter time is actually an ideal time to prepare your lawn for next year's growing season. There are many things you can do to prepare the lawn while it's dormant so that it will be willing and eager to start growing when warmer weather and the rains return. Here are some lawn maintenance tasks you can do now during winter to prepare your lawn: First, remove any debris that has been accumulating throughout the fall and early winter seasons. Rake and remove all debris. This will encourage better air flow throughout the grass and prevent disease and insect infestation. When spring arrives, all this clean-up will allow new grass blades to grow without any struggle. Next, apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control right at the end of winter before soil temperatures straight to rise. This will help decrease the likelihood of weed seeds beginning to germinate. Fertilization is also important during winter to help the grass store up nutrients that it needs to foster spring growth. Since winter can wreak some havoc on lawns, it's important to address any areas that have been damaged by salt or snow plows. As the season ends, re-seed any of damaged turf areas. If you have used the pre-emergent, however, it will prevent any seeds from growing so make sure you time this right. You will want to take care of turf repairs as early as possible so that the seeds have enough time to germinate. Repairs may also involve grading your lawn to address low spots that can lead to poor drainage while high spots are often cut too close during mowing. Therefore, you will need to level out your lawn. Also, identify any places where the soil may seem more compact and aerate these areas. Make sure your mower and other equipment are clean and ready to go for the new season because you will need to use these tools more often than you did in winter. With so much work, we understand that it can feel overwhelming. That's why it makes sense to consider a commercial landscaping service that can handle all these tasks for you during the winter months and into the spring season. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your commercial lawn.