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Get Your Flowers Ready for Winter

By | Benefits of Snow, Flowers, Mulch | No Comments

While it feels like spring outside, winter is inevitably on its way. In the Midwest, that means cold, snow and ice. It also means that your garden will lie dormant until warm weather returns. Your flowers need to be considered. Here’s how to prepare your flower garden for the cold season, and how to get it primed for spring.Snowdrops On Snow

Clearing It Out

The first tsp in preparing your flowers for winter is removing any blackened stems and foliage of your annuals so diseases and insect eggs don’t remain in the soil all winter.

Consider the Weather

Snow is actually a good thing for your flowers because a good snow cover will protect and insulate the soil like mulch. And even though it may look like nothing is going on above the ground, the truth is that your perennials are dividing and earthworms and microbes are still processing the organic matter that will give your flowers nutrients in the spring.

How to Prepare Perennials for Winter

Getting your perennials ready for winter involves a multi-step process. Here’s how:

  • Cut back dry stems after frost to remove pest eggs, disease spores, and to neaten your garden.
  • Compost dead plant debris to create an organic soil conditioner. Throw any questionable plant matter away.
  • Cut off diseased foliage from evergreen plants and shrubs and discard. Rake up old mulch, too.
  • Wait until the ground freezes to add a 6-inch layer of organic material to prevent rodents from nesting in it.

Winterizing Roses

Roses require special attention. Once late summer arrives, stop fertilizing and pruning. In the fall, remove old mulch from around the roses. Spread new mulch just before the first hard frost of the year. (Wait until the ground actually freezes if rodents are an issue.)

Olympic Lawn and Landscape specializes in winterizing your garden. For more tips on how to get your flowers ready for winter or to schedule service, call us at (816) 875-9645 today.


Is Your Grass Growing Through Your Mulch?

By | Curbing, custom curbing, Mulch | 6 Comments

landscape curbingIt’s common for a homeowner to experience some irritating grass growing in their mulched areas. So what is going wrong?

You may have been convinced that by spreading dirt and mulch over an area would kill the grass beneath. If this was your approach, you have likely noticed grass still popping up. To avoid this, you have a few different options.

One option is to go with a chemical approach. You could try spraying the area with a herbicide to kill the grass. If you do this, you will have to completely shield your other plants and shrubs from any drift of the spray. Most herbicides will kill all plants, so this option can be very risky.

Another approach would be to lay newspaper or plastic over the grass before spreading mulch over it. This option may take a lot of extra effort because your mulch has likely already been applied. You’ll need to rake it up and clear the area and then replace it. The newspaper will eventually break down naturally, but once that happens the grass can still return.

If you choose plastic, no air or sunlight will be let through, killing weeds and unwanted grass. The downside of this is that you need water and air to get through for your other plants and any trees.

Some believe that fabric is the best option for separating lawn and mulch. Landscaping fabric allows for more breathing rooms and still allows water to penetrate the soil. However, if weeds and grass are your issue, fabric probably isn’t the answer. Weeds, roots and grass will grow through the fabric and even tangle themselves in it requiring even more time and effort.

At Olympic  Lawn & Landscape, our experience tells us that the best option for your landscape is curbing. By putting down 6×4 curbing, your lawn and grass will not disrupt your landscape and mulch beds. Curbing is also the best looking option by providing natural borders to your landscape design.

For more information or questions about our custom curbing and landscape design, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape today!


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