How to protect trees & shrubs in winter

What can I do to protect my delicate trees and shrubs this winter?

The Lower Tidewater region is unique because we enjoy warm summer weather that is ideal for tropical trees and succulents. Unfortunately, we can also experience harsh winter temperatures and high winds that can severely damage tender plants. Wrapping palms and other tropical trees in plastic sheeting is NOT advised in our specific area, because the winter temperature fluctuations can cause condensation inside the plastic, which can lead to rot and specific types of fungus. Our tree and shrub care expert, Dave Planelles, recommends applying an anti-transpirant product such as AquaLock to any ornamental plants that are susceptible to winter burn, because it protects by forming a “thin, flexible, water-repellent layer on plant surfaces” to insulate and prevent damage.

Other recommendations from Dave to keep your shrubs healthy this winter, include keeping the mulch level around the base of the plant at NO MORE than TWO inches deep. If the mulch layer is too thick, it may cause harm to the plant by preventing proper nutrients from being absorbed, and can (in some cases) suffocate the plant. In our region, two inches of mulch is more than enough to insulate and protect the roots and retain the right amount of moisture. Dave also recommends considering a light application of a low-nitrogen, organic 3-4-3 product, such as our “Replenish” top dressing compost fertilizer to help gently feed roots over the winter. If there are disease/pest concerns, having an application of dormant horticultural oil will help to smother any lingering scale bugs and their eggs, as well as protect against diseases like blight on new growth in early spring.

Over the next two weeks, Dave will begin applications for customers who purchase an AquaLock treatment for their delicate ornamentals. If you’d like an estimate for the cost of an AquaLock treatment for your at-risk shrubs and trees this winter, or for more information on Dave’s Annual Tree & Shrub Program, please contact our office and Dave will be happy to stop by to evaluate and quote pricing for you!

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Winter Lawn Care Tips

Virginia Beach Winter Lawn Care Tips

It’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean we need to ignore the lawn! The things you do to your lawn in the winter when temperatures begin to drop contribute to a healthy lawn come srping. Did you know that the best season to prune your trees is winter? It is! Because pruning promotes new growths and production of fruit.

Winterizing your lawn mover is a good idea. Keeping your lawn mower functioning properly and mower blades sharp will ensure that your grass is evenly cut, helping prevent disease and improving the overall look of the lawn.

Prevent Snow Mold

As winter winds down and any snow vanishes, snow mold can threaten your yard. This fungus arises in wet, cold weather. The best way to prevent snow mold is to make sure your lawn is properly fertilized and maintained during the cold weather. Treatments for snow mold involves the use of special fungicides and seeding strategies. Call Dreamlawns for a free estimate on any of our services.

Lawns and trees do not need as much attention during the winter months, but even though there is less need it is an ideal time to make plans for your lawns care throughout the year. Winter lawn care tips from the experience professionals at Dreamlawns can enable you to create a strategy to keep your landscape healthy all year. Dreamlawns offers free consultations and estimates.

Do you need the perfect gift this season? Year round lawn care will bring joy to any family by producing a spectacular landscape and lawn. Now, that’s a gift!

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