The holiday season is over and it's time to start ringing in the new year.
The temperatures are still mild, but it's New England and that's not going to last long. December can be mild, but Old Man Winter can really pack a punch in the first few months of the new year. Winter winds can be brutal on evergreens. Winds can whip and dry out the foliage, even when the ground isn't frozen. Consider wrapping your shrubs in burlap. This will allow them to breathe, but yet offer protection from the drying winter winds.
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Empty out any small water features such as fountains and birdbaths to prevent them from cracking.
Empty and tip over any ceramic or terra cotta pots as they can crack as soil freezes and expands.
Winter road salt can wreak havoc on plants. If you have gardens or shrubs near the road that can get salt injury, you may want to consider an application or two of gypsum which helps neutralize salt.
Consider ice-melt alternatives such as sand or basic kitty litter. Ice-melt can be harmful to your lawn. Consider Earth Friendly Ice Melt. It's plant-based and safe for vegetation, pets and children. https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Friendly-Products-Melting-Compound/dp/B001MBT94Y/ref=asc_df_B001MBT94Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312293545584&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=711445585205376047&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003320&hvtargid=pla-568940089080&psc=1
If you haven't done so already, be sure to remove any spent vegetation from perennials, annuals and vegetables. They can harbor pathogens over the winter that will carry over to spring's crops.
It's been an incredible season for us and we feel so blessed to have such great clients! We have lots of continuing education over the winter and great new tips and services to share with you in the new year!