December 28, 2011 in Seasonal Maintenance
Unfortunately for most Chicago area homeowners, few are aware of some of the basic steps you can take to protect your lawn, plants and trees for the long, hard, cold Winter months. Winterizing your lawn and landscaping is key to a healthy, happy landscape that lasts. If you don’t have the time or need more help with preparing for Winter, be sure to call your local Wheaton landscaping firm, such as Schmitt’s Landscaping Company, to do the dirty work for you. Their expert advice and Winterizing can help save you money come Spring time.
Protecting Your Grass In Winter
A great idea to protect grass against the coldest Winter temperatures, ice and snow is to cover it with a bit of mulch or compost material. This could be layers of leaves, manure or even uncollected grass clippings from your last Fall mowing. The more insulation your provide your grass, the warmer that both the grass and soil will be during the Winter. Spreading a thin layer of mulch helps to protect the roots of your grass, which can be negatively affected by the cold temperatures. Colder weather can cause roots to stop taking in water and feeding.
Protecting Plants In Winter
For plants growing on walls, trellises or other structures it is a good idea to cover them with a sheet of plastic so that the leaves and stems of the plant can be protected from the cold air. If leaves on plants are affected by the cold, they could stop taking in the sun’s rays and this could also cause the plant to die or change appearance.
Plants that are planted in movable pots and containers can easily be protected by moving them indoors and keeping them warm inside. This could be labor intensive if you have many plants in containers, but it will certainly be one of the best ways to protect your plants from the cold. Larger plants that cannot be moved inside like trees or shrubs should be wrapped around the base and at weak points to protect them from snow damage.
Glass is also a good way to cover plants and protect them from the cold. A sheet of glass can be placed inclined over a plant and a wall, so that it sort of creates a greenhouse effect. This is rather easy and it also allows the plant to get some light from the sun. The glass covering can be left for many days and your plants can easily survive the entire Winter by being inside a glass structure.
Many big-box hardware and gardening stores carry frost-proof plant containers. Frost-proof plant containers are very effective at protecting your plants from the cold. These containers can be costly, but they are certainly worth it.
Winter Protection Is Important
Protecting your beloved plants from the harsh cold temperatures is important, if you want them to look nice and healthy next Spring. Every gardener and homeowner should learn the basics of packing up their lawn and plants for the Winter, or, hire a competent Wheaton landscaper or Wheaton lawn care specialist to help you.