You already have seen signs of it: frost on the grass in the morning or having to defrost and scrape your windshield before leaving for work. Winter is officially in full swing. If you live in Kingsport, Johnson City, or the surrounding areas in Tennessee, you still have time to prepare your outdoor landscape for the cold season. Promier Landscapes compiled this guide to help.
- Pruning trees and shrubs: You might think this is done only during the growing season, but pruning actually can be quite a bit easier once your plants go dormant. For one thing, it’s easier to see up into your trees and shrubs when they lose their foliage. Any areas that are dense with branches need to be thinned out. Pruning during the dormant season also means less debris.
- Cut back those perennials: With the first hard freeze, any of your perennials—whether they bloom in the spring, summer, or fall—are going to start storing energy in the root system to help them get through winter. Once this process begins, the visible part of your perennial is going to turn brown. Having a garden bed full of brown, dead foliage is unsightly while also providing unwanted shelter for any rodents in the area. We recommend trimming back any perennials to a few inches above the ground. Don’t worry; they’ll grow back next season.
- Leaf Disposal: Yes, we know it’s getting cold out. Nevertheless, if you still have leaves piled up on your lawn, now is the time to do something about it. If you let those leaves remain on your grass throughout the winter, it can suffocate your lawn, depriving it of sunshine and also nutrients, and moisture, which will have greater difficulty penetrating the covering layer of leaves. Either rake them up or run your mower over them and use them as mulch.
- Fertilize: Just like people and animals, your trees and shrubs need proper nutrition to stay strong and healthy. If there are not enough nutrients in the soil, it will be a long, hard winter for your trees, shrubs, and other perennials. Come the next growing season, they may have fewer blooms or discolored foliage. They also will be more susceptible to disease or infestation by insects. That’s why fertilizing is so important. You can use a liquid fertilizer—just make sure to pick a fairly warm day—or use a granular fertilizer. In either case, you want to apply the fertilizer around the drip line of a tree or shrub; that’s a term for the outermost circumference of your tree, from which water drips onto the ground. Once placed, the fertilizer will absorb or dissolve into the soil.
Year-Round Landscaping Services in Kingsport
Maintaining your landscape is a lot of work. There’s more to it than just mowing your grass, planting some flowers, and occasionally pulling weeds. It means time, energy, and labor for at least nine months out of the year. Why not let the pros at Promier Landscapes do the work for you? Our comprehensive services include a landscape maintenance program, meaning you spend less time sweating and more time enjoying your outdoor space. To find out more, call us at (423) 246-7977 to schedule a consultation if you’re located in the areas of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol in Tennessee.