During the winter season it is very important that you take good care of your trees and shrubs. The cold months can really wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs if not properly cared for. Since winter officially begins this week on December 22nd, here a a few tips courtesy of K-State Research and Extension, on caring for your trees and shrubs in December.
- Keep heavy snowfall from limbs of trees and shrubs by lightly shaking to avoid damage.
- To prevent breakage, avoid shoveling snow onto trees and shrubs.
- Check and protect the trunks of young trees and branches of shrubs for rabbit damage.
- Living Christmas trees are special. Leave in your home no longer than one week, then acclimate to outdoors and plant in a desirable location.
- Prune damaged branches throughout the winter months.
- Water newly planted trees and shrubs in winter to prevent dry soil conditions.
- Mulch roots of tender shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons to keep vigorous during winter.
- Prune branches of junipers, pines, hollies, and other plants to use as holiday decorations.
How do the trees and shrubs in your yard look ? Are they getting the proper TLC needed to keep them alive and healthy this winter? If you are not sure and need some help with your landscape maintenance, Contact Hermes Landscaping in Lenexa, KS. We gladly service the Kansas City area.