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Winter Lawn Care Tips

Why You Need to Water Your Trees Now

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We’ve had a dry autumn so far. Your trees and shrubs will be dry headed into winter. Watering them will be necessary, and here’s how. (Hint: it’s not with a sprinkler.)Large Evergreen Trees

An Abnormally Dry Fall

Kansas City has been abnormally dry this fall — the National Weather Service posted that this September was the eighth driest on record. It’s been a drastic change from our super-wet summer. This winter may be dry, just like our autumn.

Soil Moisture Is Key

Plants need water, and good soil moisture is paramount to surviving any winter conditions that may come our way. June of 2015 was extremely rainy, but by August, many evergreen trees started to die off. (By the way, plants do need moisture even when they lie dormant for the winter.) The best way to soak a tree is to turn a water hose on a slow trickle and let it run in three or four different spots for about 15-20 minutes each. Younger trees will need 10 to 15 gallons of water soaking slowly in the soil for each year it’s been in the ground.

Soak Your Evergreens First, Then Move on to Deciduous Trees.

After you soak your evergreens, then turn your attention to younger shrubs and deciduous trees. If you thoroughly soak the soil, you shouldn’t need to water again for about 4-6 weeks.

Don’t Fall Into an “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Mentality.

A winter drought can make it easy to forget about your precious trees. We don’t think about how well our plants are doing until later — usually when spring is nearing. Spring or summer could mean it’s much too late for your trees. Don’t be someone throwing his or her hands up in bewilderment at a dead spruce tree. Take some precautions and give your plants the precious water it needs.

If you have more questions about watering your trees, call Olympic Lawn and Landscape at (816) 875-9645 today.

How to Recover Your Lawn from Heavy Snowfall

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We’ve gotten a lot of snow this year and had a very long winter. If you’re like me, you’re nervous to see what your lawn will look like after all this snow melts away. The not-so-green acres below with mud and dead patches are going to need some attention.

snow in grass Making your lawn thick and lush can be a constant struggle. Luckily, your lawn has likely gone dormant. As the heavy snow load recedes, you may notice the toll it has taken. The snow piles along your driveway and near the street has compacted the soil. To loosen the soil and improve water penetration, apply gypsum to those areas along the street and driveway to 10 ft. back.

When it comes time to mow this spring, only cut the top third of the grass. Mowing more than this can stress the grass so set your mower accordingly each time. Once your lawn has recovered, it can be cut shorter in late summer and fall.

You’re also going to want to water properly. It’s necessary to water your lawn and landscape to not add to any damage but to help replenish. You may feel like you’re using too much, but you need the water to go deep down to the roots. On any especially warm days this spring, be sure to water away and set up sprinklers. Watering in winter will help your lawn be green and growing as the soil warms up this spring.

For any questions about recovering your lawn from snow damages, contact Olympic Lawn & Landscape. Our professionals have the equipment necessary for any job. Call today and ask about our 10% off special.

Winter Garden TLC

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This has been a very strange winter, to say the least, but just because most of us have had very mild weather doesn’t mean our plants should go without extra love and care. Every winter garden needs TLC!  Some plants may even be tricked into thinking spring has sprung! As temperatures vary from warm to moderate to cold, it is vital to not only help your plants survive this winter but also to thrive!

As a Kansas City landscaper and native I have to admit, this has been one of the strangest winters I have seen in a long time, especially for those of us in the Midwest. And while enjoying 60 degree weather in the dead of winter is nice once in a while some of the plants in my winter garden love it, there is a slight danger for our lawns.

The Spring Effect

When the cold season starts to move in, the growth above the ground for most plants tends to die off. But for trees, shrubs and other perennial,s the root systems below are still alive but remain dormant until warmer weather arrives.

When multiple warm days occur, the ground may thaw and the plant may be fooled into thinking that spring has sprung.  This can cause serious damage to your plant by budding early and then facing severe weather. Luckily, there are a few easy things that can be done to protect your plants from this process and help them survive the winter.

Insulate Your Plants in Warm Winters

Insulating your plants is one of the best ways to protect them from harsh or mild winters. You really can’t go wrong with insulation. And the great news is that there are several things around your house that you can use for insulation.

Use a Christmas Tree for landscaping

Still have your Christmas tree in the house or in the wood pile? Use the branches from the tree to insulate your plants. Spread the branches near the base of your plant and create a protective shield with the branches, or pick off the needles from the branches and sprinkle them all around your plant.

Snow to insulate

If you do incur snow in your area, use the snow you shovel from your driveway, as long as it is free of toxic salts, and sprinkle it over your plants. The snow will act as a natural insulator from harsh winds and ice.

Containers

Old plastic glass containers in your house can also be used to insulate smaller plants. Just make sure that when using a container, it is large enough to cover the entire plant and a little bit of the grass our soil around it.

Prune and Water Your Plants in Winter

While insulation is key in protecting your plants and shrubs from varying winter temperatures, pruning and watering your plants should not be neglected, even in the winter. In fact, winter is a great time to cut back some of your old plants to make way for the new growth in the spring. Pruning dormant shrubs that are not growing in the winter can make a significant difference in their spring blossom.

And watering your plants at least once a month or once every other month will also help the frozen roots receive some much needed moisture. Luckily the watering doesn’t have to occur very often!

By doing small things around your lawn this winter you can help your landscaping survive the varying temperatures. And with all of your extra love and care, you will see big results when they thrive in the spring.

 

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