Blog Contributed by Stephen McClain
Any long-time Southern resident can tell you that the winter season in Georgia tends to be a little unpredictable. Tending to your landscape during the fall and the winter is important if you expect to start a winning spring.
Are you prepared for this winter? Not quite sure how to prepare? Great Estates Landscaping has all the answers for your winter landscaping dilemmas. Here are five essential things to keep in mind when it comes to commercial landscaping in the winter as well as residential property maintenance.
Snow and Ice Events
As mentioned previously, Georgia is very unpredictable. Residents of Georgia have to be ready for anything. Some years we may experience several inches of ice and snow – others we may see nothing the entire season. If not prepared with proper mulching or pruning, snow and ice damage can cause catastrophic loss of shrubs and trees. No matter what kind of snow and ice events old man winter brings our way, Great Estates Landscaping can help you prepare for the worst.
Tree pruning is another necessity for winter landscaping. After the leaves have fallen, tree branches are much more likely to fall if cold, wet weather occurs. Pruning trees can help you feel reassured that you will not find a tree branch atop your car on any given winter morning.
Be sure to consider the plants and shrubs you installed in the fall. Will they survive the winter weather? No matter how much we want to consider ourselves to be in a tropical client during those hot and humid summer months, winter weather is still a reality. Be certain to select plants that can sustain in the cold and come back in the spring with little coaxing.
Deer control can be quite the hassle. Winter is already a sparse season – watch for deer, as they will likely eat your plants for dinner as they forage during the lean months.
Winter/Early Spring Weed Control
Weed control during the winter seems to escape our minds. Many different types of weeds can over-winter and creep up to be a disturbance in our spring landscapes seemingly overnight. If not attended, they can be quite a challenge to get rid of when spring is in full swing. The experts of our landscape management team keep a watchful eye on winter weeds and take the necessary steps to ensure they don’t blossom along with your spring annuals and perennials.
While most facility managers will admit that landscaping is not their first thought during the winter season, it is still something that must be planned for. Great Estates Landscaping has all the services you need in order to keep your commercial landscaping under control and ready for spring.
To prepare for any, or all, of these winter landscaping challenges and easily transition when spring arrives, be sure to contact our Georgia landscape professionals for a free landscape services estimate.
In addition to being a manager on the landscaping maintenance, installation and turf management team at Great Estates Landscaping, Stephen McClain is a sports fanatic who enjoys spending time in nature and doing outdoor activities with his family.
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