Updated: Jan 27
Cooler weather is fast approaching. Now is the time to do a few things that will help your landscape make it through winter with the least amount of stress.
Mulching is key to conserving moisture and warmth for your plants roots. Make sure there is a least 2"-3" of mulch around all of your perennials, shrubs, and trees that are less then two years in the ground. Do not pile mulch against the base of the plants or trees, as this may cause the outer layer of stems or bark to rot.
Do not forget to water thoroughly when freezing temperatures are imminent. Water acts as an insulator — and plant cells that are swollen with water will be stronger against cold damage.
When watering, water slowly to make sure the water seeps all the way to the bottom of the root ball especially on newly planted trees and shrubs.
Cover any vegetables or perennials that you do not want to get frost damaged. A "Frost blanket" is preferable over sheets or blankets. Most frost blankets are UV-resistant and made of breathable material so your plants are less likely to over heat during the day. If you do use sheets or blankets it is best to "float" the material over the plants (especially vegetables) so the plants do not get nipped wherever it comes in contact with the fabric.
Do not forget to continue to water your lawn, even through the winter months and especially if we receive very little rainfall. Most varieties of lawn grasses should be watered every 7-10 days December through February.