Yes, our area gets severe winter weather occasionally. So, it’s best to plan ahead to protect your landscape assets, and the Terry’s Landscape Team is here to help! Texas winters can be unpredictable and we are just entering what is usually the coldest part of the year. Much of your yard will be dormant during the winter, but that doesn’t mean that you can forget about landscape care for the season. Here are a few simple steps that can help prevent problems.
The plants and shrubs in your landscape need the right amount of moisture to be able to survive the cold winter months. However, irrigation systems should be protected from freezing temperatures. Protecting both your plants and your system requires a careful balance. Have a Terry’s professional make sure your zones are properly adjusted and vulnerable valves and pipes are adequately winterized and protected. Appropriate drainage control and irrigation management is essential for a successful landscape – even in the winter.
Have a plan to cover or protect plants that could be damaged during a hard freeze. Containers can be moved indoors and other plants can be covered, but only if you have the right materials and know how to use them. Talk to a Terry’s expert about which plants are most vulnerable and how to protect them. Also, consider adding mulch to your landscape. Mulch helps to moderate temperature swings that can injure plants, helps retain moisture and helps with weed control in the spring.
Winter is the ideal time to shape up dormant trees, keep them healthy and prepare them for spring growth with proper pruning. Prune trees now that might be hazardous to people or structures with falling limbs if severe weather develops. Make a point to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased limbs that detract from natural beauty or that could become dangerous if winter weather brings heavy wind, snow or ice.
A few proactive steps can protect your landscape and save you a lot of hassle and money. Contact Terry’s Landscape to learn more about how we can help your landscape stay healthy through the cold season and be ready for beautiful spring growth.