How To Protect Landscaping Designs Through The Winter: 5 Things to Tell Your Clients

At ProLine™ we pride ourselves in providing exceptional machines to help you to achieve your clients’ objectives. However, ultimately, as a professional landscaping company, your reputation rides on the beauty and functionality of your landscaping design.

It’s important for the home owner or business to know how to maintain their flower beds, lawns and trees after their landscapers are gone for the winter. Otherwise, spring comes and the beautiful work your landscaping company has done, looks a bit worse for the wear after old man winter has taken his toll.

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We suggest giving your clients just a few simple things they can easily do for themselves or perhaps even schedule the work with you.

  1. Fall overseeding a warm-season grass, such as Bermuda, with a cool-season grass like fescue, helps to maintain a green lawn throughout the winter.The best time to overseed is six to eight weeks before the first hard freeze.
  2. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials.Annuals die off and detract from the overall look of the landscape design. In most cases the root ball of perennials is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch.The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
  3. Prepare plants in containers. Because perennials in pots are not well insulated like those in the ground, they may require additional protection such as a layer of mulch. Potted plants that are not native to the zone in which you live, can most likely be brought in and wintered inside the office or home.
  4. Take a minute to look at the browning needles on conifers.It’s normal for some needles to turn brown, as long as the browning takes place primarily within the interior of the plant. If you find the brown to be unsightly, and the shrub or tree is small enough, you can remove the dead growth by shaking the plant vigorously. If the plant is too big you can call your landscaping company to prune it.
  5. Speaking of pruning, it’s always wise to call your professional landscaper for any pruning that needs to be done, but ESPECIALLY winter pruning, as some plants are not well suited for having this done during cooler temperatures.

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