FROM THE DESK OF BILL HODGE
Wintertime is here! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Winter protection for your lawn
melts each spring lawns often show damage from
winter snow mold. There are preventive measures
the can be taken for snow mold: Try to cut your
grass down to 2 inches so the leaves blow off
the top of lawn. Fill in any low spots before
winter. Snow mold is more severe in higher cut
turf because the grass gets matted down and when
you have low spots, the snow will sit there for
longer periods causing snow mold. If your grass
is matted down, lightly rake your lawn so you
can get some air circulation. Do not rake to
the point that you are pulling out all the
grass, because then you will have to reseed.
Aeration also helps with snow mold. If you do
not do anything at all, 80% of the time, the
lawn will recover but very slowly.
Winter protection for roses
popular protection for roses is the use of rose
cones. Do not cover your rose bushes too
early. You can also place a mound of mulch or
soil around the roses. In the spring remove
the mulch or soil from the roses when they start
growing. Pruning should be done before bud
break. Timing will range from mid-winter to
mid-spring depending on weather. If forsythia
blooms, prune roses when yellow forsythia buds
Winter protection for Shrubs
also protect shrubs with mulch, leaves, or wood
chips by placing them around the base of plant.
Remove the mulch again in the spring. Watering
all shrubs and trees deeply before the ground
freezes also will help. If snow or ice coats
the branches, remove the ice gently so the
branches do not break.
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Pruning trees and shrubs
The main reason for pruning an older tree is to
remove diseased, dead or broken branches. Keep
in mind that the position of branches will not
change as the tree matures. A branch that is
now a few feet off the ground, will always be at
about the same height. Large shade trees should
be pruned in early spring before leaves appear.
Prune spring flowering trees after they bloom.
The best time to prune most deciduous shrubs is
late winter or early spring when you can see the
outline of the branches before leaves appear.
Winter bird feeding
Bird feeding can
be an enjoyable winter activity. There are five
common types of feeders: hopper, platform,
tube, nectar and suet. Most species of birds
will visit hopper and platform feeders filled
with seed mixes. Tube feeders are designed for
finches but will attract other types of birds.
Hummingbirds enjoy the nectar feeders.
Woodpeckers are attracted to suet feeders.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR REFERRALS
Referrals are a great way to let us know you
appreciate our work! We do appreciate our
customers and would like to extend a discount to
you. Please refer to us a fertilizing customer
and receive $25 off core aeration (1/2 off reg.
price) or $20 off one fertilizing application.
Thank you for your referrals! We appreciate your
business. If there is anything more we can do
for you, our customers regarding your lawns,
trees, shrubs or flowerbeds, please let us know!
We aim to make your lives easier in these busy
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