As the leaves are falling and the weather is getting colder, it's time to start thinking about how to prepare your commercial landscape for winter. Here are a few ideas for how to help your commercial landscape survive the colder months of the year:
- Plant snow-hardy flowers: Plant narcissi, daffodils, and hyacinths between Halloween and Thanksgiving. This will give your business an extra fresh curb appeal during some of the most dreary months of the year. These early bloomers will also allow you some extra time before the regular spring bloomers show up.
- Add some mulch: Mulch can protect the roots of young plants. It can also protect against erosion that naturally occurs throughout the year. It also helps strengthen young plants from a difficult spring that varies between freezing and thawing from day to day.
- Keep your plants well watered: Water weekly in the fall until temperatures reach a freezing point. The water that does make it into the ground tends to remain there longer than the hot summer months when it quickly evaporates.
- Keep burlap sheets on hand: Burlap sheets can be used on shrubs right before a big snow storm. Snow, wind, and freezing temperatures can cause winter burn on your bushes. They might be unsightly to have them wrapped up all the time, but they are great for covering your bushes right before a big snowstorm.
- Cut grass shorter right before the cold season hits: Cut your commercial lawn to about 2 to 2.5 inches right before the first freeze to promote new growth and avoid rodents crawling around the property.
- Aerate and fertilize: Right before the big freeze is also a good time to aerate the soil in your lawn and add plenty of fertilizer. The grass will need the extra nutrients to grow in the springtime when the weather gets warmer.
- Clean up your lawn: Hire a leaf blower or have all the natural debris removed from around your business property when the leaves start falling from the trees.
As you prepare for the cold months ahead, make sure your plants and lawn will be protected from the cold and wind. A little bit of preparation beforehand will have your commercial landscaping looking beautiful in the springtime. For more information on landscape services, lawn maintenance or you need to prepare for the winter with snow removal, contact the team at Brilar today.