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After months of cold weather and dormant grass, your landscape will finally start to come alive again as springtime temperatures arrive. Don’t miss this critical stage in lawn care. There are some specific steps you should take to prepare your yard for optimal growth and vibrancy in the coming springtime months.
#1 Clean Up – But Be Gentle
You may be anxious to give your landscape a good spring cleaning, and this is encouraged. However, be careful with your raking efforts and foot traffic. Your early spring soil isn’t dry enough to withstand heavy work. Be gentle as you remove leaves and debris so that you don’t disturb soggy soil or cause compaction that will threaten the tender grass shoots lying underneath. continue reading
There are many things to love about fall, from brisk air and pumpkin lattes to wearing jeans and watching football. However, the most steadfast and adored marker of autumn is the changing colors of the leaves. Brilliant oranges and pops of red paint our landscape as we enter into the winter months. While it is certainly okay to sit back and enjoy the scenery, have you ever asked yourself what causes the leaves to change color in the first place? It all boils down to photosynthesis.
Winters can be a dull and dreary time of year, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for dismal landscape. While we can’t stop the trees from shedding their leaves or the perennials from dying back, but there are still ways to add color to you landscape in the winter. Consider using bright seasonal color, bulbs and evergreen perennials throughout your yard this year. Seeing some color in your yard (despite the gloomy weather) can even boost your mood!
Pruning is a necessary lawn maintenance task if you want to keep your shrubs and flowering trees in top condition. However, it is important that you know when to prune. Pruning your landscape at the wrong time of year can actually do more harm than good.
Winter pruning is very popular. Pruning during this dormant season can produce a burst of new growth when spring blooming arrives. Another time of year that it is okay and recommended to prune is during the summer, when seasonal growth is complete. During the summer months, pruning can direct or slow the growth of the shrub or tree. You can also get rid of defective or heavy limbs during summer pruning.
If you are one of the 29 million households in the United States that are putting up a real Christmas tree this year, you need to know how to make it last and keep it looking best. After all, your tree is the center of your Christmas décor and a dying, shedding or malnourished tree can taint your holiday experience.
Here are some tips to ensure your Christmas tree “lives” up to your holiday traditions.
Check the harvest date: If you are cutting your own tree or buying from a local farm, you are guaranteed a fresh tree. However, if you buy a pre-cut tree from a nursery or store, be sure to ask when the tree was harvested.
Cut the bottom: After you bring your tree home, you may notice that the sap from the original cut has sealed over the bottom. This will inhibit the tree’s ability to absorb water. To remedy this, remove about an inch or so off the bottom before you place it in your stand.
Keep it watered: Place your tree in water as soon as possible. As a general rule, a typical tree absorbs about a quart of water for each inch of its diameter. Never let the bottom of your tree trunk get dry, which will likely mean daily watering on your part. Although some believe that additives, such as corn syrup, aspirin or preservatives, can keep a tree fresher, there is no real evidence to prove this. Plain water should do the trick.
Place it carefully: You should keep your tree away from direct sunlight, heaters or fans. To further preserve its moisture and vitality, you may choose to use a room humidifier.
Safety first: Never ignore the fire risks of a lighted Christmas tree in your home. Using newer, LED lights can save energy and ensure your lights stay cooler with prolonged use. Don’t let your tree dry out or stay close to open flames.
Although we specialize in outdoor landscapes, we are always ready to help our customers take care of the plants or trees they bring indoors. For more Christmas tree care advice, please call us at Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone