Your Home: Landscaping after mild winter
In honor of this virtually snowless winter, we bring you an early edition of the "Your Home" landscape segment and some tips to help your yard survive after a mild winter.
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Not a lot of snow to go around this winter. Dry, but cold. Looking out at a barren lawn all winter long gets you to thinking about springtime and how green it's going to be doesn't it? That might not be the case. So listen up. In honor of this virtually snowless winter, we bring you an early edition of the "Your Home" landscape segment and some tips to help your yard survive after a mild winter.
Matt Einhorn, Landscape Expert said, “Snow actually works as a blanket, an insulator. A lot of people plant bulbs in the Fall that'll pop up in the Spring. It's really important to have snow because it keeps the ground cold. When it's been warm like this the bulbs will start to bloom. We suggest putting down pine boughs. They work as an insulator if there's no snow around.”
And snow is more than just a protective covering. You typically don't think of watering your landscaping in the winter and why would you? But it's necessary and it's a job that's usually taken care of by mother nature.
Einhorn said, “When there's no snow there is such thing as a winter drought. We have to be aware of that and come Spring time you might need to water a little earlier and a little more often to get the water at necessary levels.”
We can't forget about the grass. Remember I said you're most likely wondering how green it's going to be, right? Because of the milder than usual winter months, Einhorn says grubs may be more of an issue for you than they've been in the past.
Einhorn said, “Because it's been so warm we feel that there's going to be a lot more grubs this year. The problem is, skunks feed on grubs. You'll start to see a lot more skunks in your yard. The best medicine for that is a grub control product early in the Spring that you make sure you put down on your lawn.”
I know a lot of you enjoyed the snow-free winter, even though it means a little extra work to get your yard in shape this Spring. And keep in mind, anything you planted in the fall and especially your flowering trees, might not be as "showy" come Spring time.