Winter Maintenance: Plan Now

Fall is here and not too long from now the cold and freeze conditions will demand that you put your landscape to bed for the winter.

Before that, you need to be aware of some of the maintenance chores in that landscape that will help make sure your outside environment wakes up healthy in the spring. I'm going to spend the rest of this time talking about tree and lawn health, especially considering the drought we are in. Sure weather persons here at WSAZ may classify present conditions as a severe dry spell. However, this county agent believes our landscape is experiencing a drought. First of all, if you have only one time to fertilize your trees and I might specify those trees that lose their leaves in the fall, it has to be in the month of November.

Yep, I said November. The reasoning is simple. While the top part of the tree is dormant and barren of leaves, guess what is growing under the ground while the soil temperature is above freezing. Yep, you guessed it, the root system. By applying fertilizer under that prize tree in your landscape, the roots will be stimulated to grow throughout the winter.

Then, when spring time comes along, the root system will be super energized and able to more than support a full canopy of leaves.

Final thought, if you ever thought of fertilizing your landscape especially this winter, this year is definitely the year especially with the trees severly stressed in this drought.


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