Autumn is upon us, and with its beauty comes the knowledge that winter is coming and it's time to prepare our indoor...and outdoor spaces.
Regardless of whether you choose to cut back ornamental grasses and perennials before the snow flies, or leave them to provide winter shelter and food for wildlife - there are other important steps to take before the cold sets in. Here are just a few tips to consider:
#1 - Remove as much leaf debris as possible before the snows come, to discourage mice and other creatures from taking up residence close to your house foundation (where they can easily creep in), and away from trees and shrubs that can be girdled by winter-long nibbling.
#2 - Water your plants until the ground begins to freeze. Plants need moisture - especially on windy days. Even if the leaves have fallen, the roots will still absorb moisture. So while daily watering isn't necessary, it's still important to monitor and water regularly.
#3 - Lawn winterizer and anti-transpirants (especially on evergreens) will help them withstand cold, windy days with less stress; helping to ensure healthy growth when spring returns.
If you're a do-it-yourselfer and have questions about proper fall clean-up and preparation for winter, OR - if you need a hand managing it all, give North Star a call! We'd be glad to help you create - and MAINTAIN - your beautiful landscape!