You take great pride in your Ottawa landscaping and want to make sure your flowers and plants look beautiful year after year. Before winter comes in full force, every homeowner should consider property maintenance a top priority by protecting their lawn and garden from freezing. Here are a few of Zoryk’s tips to ensure that your grass and plants will stay as winter lawn care healthy as possible.
Snow on Your Lawn
Snow, in and of itself, isn’t the lawns enemy. What really damages your lawn is the salt that comes into contact with it when you try to melt the snow. Instead of salt try using sand or clay-based kitty litter on your driveway, which will prevent any salt run-off into your grass. This is also a good and sustainable snow removal practice.
Keep the snowmen to a minimum. While it is a great winter tradition, the grass in your lawn is more easily damaged when there is heavy foot traffic. Stay off the grass and the snow will stay light and melt much faster. Did you know, that if you scatter grass seed on the soil surface at the first sign of thaw, the seed will be firmly in place by the time spring comes around…Even if more snow falls!
Snow in Your Gardens
Snow does not do any severe damage to your garden in the winter. It can actually provide much needed insulation to dry plants. However, heavier snowfall and ice can cause damage plants if they aren’t protected.
To avoid getting snow on particular plants, you can cover them with netting. If you can, use the netting to tie plants into the shape of a cone, that way heavy snow will not weigh it down. You may want certain plants to stay uncovered due to it’s visual interest. No worries, snowfall can gently be removed by using a broom to sweep upwards on the plant. Though, attempting to remove any ice is a mistake, as branches with ice on them will most likely break off.
Hoses in the snow.
Rehab plants after winter by watering any evergreen plants you have during the first thaw, as the cold will have frozen their roots. This causes dehydration, and without water these plants will die.
These are just a few of the things to consider during Ottawa’s winter months for your property’s maintenance. Zoryk’s will save you time, the expense of costly lawn care products and machinery should your lawn and garden need repairs come spring. Let us know how we can help.