Advice

Winter Plant Damage

winter_damageEven hardy plants can be injured during cold periods when temperatures drop rapidly or oscillate frequently. To reduce damage caused by temperature, plants should be pruned properly, watered sufficiently and mulched. Winter burn, is usually observed in late winter or early spring on evergreens. Injury occurs on sunny and or during windy weather when plants loose water from their leaves through transpiration faster than it can be replaced by roots which are frozen in the soil. Proper watering antidesicant sprays applied in the autumn and winter and wrapping plants in a protective burlap may help reduce damage. Frost heaving of new or small plants may result in freezing and drying of roots resulting in death. Applying mulch over the root zone will help prevent heaving. Heavy snow from the past winter has resulted in limb breakage. Prune trees and shrubs to reduce the amount of snow they can collect. Have an arborist cable and brace weak limbs, inspect and remove damaged and broken limbs. Snow mold in lawn shows as circular patches as dead matted grass. Snow mold can be managed with a fungicide or can be easily thatched or racked out. For more info or a free property inspection call us.

Spring is Here

The air is warm, the sun is shining, and your lawn is greening up.

Life is good!

Or is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? We are all pressured by our neighbors, the media and our own desires to have a lush green lawn. What do we do? Put away the rakes and leaf blowers…your spring clean-up is done already, right? Dig out your arsenal of grass cutting equipment and fertilizer spreaders. Visit your local garden center to pick-up a combo bag of lawn fertilizer with pre-emergence for crabgrass. Remember you cannot fertilize in Suffolk County until April first. Apply the combo product to your lawn by following the manufacturers specifications. A simple rule of thumb is when the Forsythias are in bloom, it’s time to apply pre-emergence. Go organic and rake in a thin layer of compost into your lawn or apply an organic fertilizer. Turn your irrigation system on and inspect it for any problems. It’s not time to irrigate just yet Mother Nature does a fine job of that in April, but better to be prepared for those hot days that are coming. Tune up your mower, sharpen the blade and throw the grass catcher away. That’s right I said throw it away! Mow more frequently and return the clippings to your lawn with a mulching mower. By removing the clippings you are robbing your lawn of nutrients and organic matter. Never cut more than one third off of the grass blade. The shorter you cut your grass the shorter your roots are. Cut your grass at least three inches and even higher in the summer heat.

Did you know that a fifty foot by fifty foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Turf also provides pollution control by trapping dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere. Grass is a natural air conditioner. Eight healthy lawns have the cooling effect of seventy tons of air conditioning; enough to cool sixteen average homes.

So get going and be proactive in April by working on enhancing your side of the fence and putting a program in place that ensures that your lawn will be healthy and beautiful throughout the year.

For more advice on enhancing your lawn or if you have any other landscape questions email Stephen@MazelisLandscape.com