Seasonal Tips from Eagle Crest Landscape Management
WINTER

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Winter’s chill brings shorter days and a peaceful reprieve from yardwork for most, as most plants are dormant, storing energy for the upcoming growing season. However, there is still important work to be done! 

For more tips on how we can help you take care of your yard during this cold winter,
give us a call: at (503) 641-5100

 

1.  ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS. Don’t forget to water during the winter, especially when it is extra cold, extra dry and extra windy! Moist soil is a better insulator, and moist roots are more durable than dry. And don’t forget your container plants - dry air and wind dehydrate them faster than you think.  Winter is a slow time for many annual and perennial plants, but if you have any early-flowering plants, like hellebore, be sure to remove any leaves damaged by cold weather.

2. PREVENTIVE CARE FOR DECIDUOUS TREES AND SHRUBS. Pruning ornamental deciduous trees is acceptable in January, but wait a little longer before pruning dormant fruit trees. If your deciduous trees are prone to disease or insect damage, winter is a great time for dormant spraying.  Dormant sprays can damage leaves, so spray when branches are bare and dormant.  Be sure to remove any lingering leaves, and rake up any that are left from earlier in the fall.  Check the weather, too - spraying on a dry day is very important for getting the best results later in the growing season.

3. CONIFER CARE. This is a good time to cut any damaged or unwanted branches from your conifers. Making necessary medium to major cuts in colder weather will slow sap loss, resulting in healthier trees. Snow and ice can cause damage to some upright conifers like arborvitae, yews, or junipers. To prevent damaged or destroyed branches, wrap these types of plants in twine during harsh weather to give the branches a little extra support.

4. LAWN CARE.  Not much maintenance is needed for lawns at this point in the winter, but if you have a moss-prone lawn (like many of us in Oregon do!) you may choose to do moss treatments at this time.  Just be sure to check the forecast to make sure we’ll have a few dry days in a row, and be sure to use products specifically formulated for lawns to avoid damaging your grass and other plants!

5. MULCH.  If you haven’t already, this is a good time to add a healthy layer of mulch to your landscaping. It can decrease compaction of clay soils during heavy rains, and help provide an insulating layer for all of your plants, shrubs and trees.  Be sure to leave a bit of space around shrubs and trees - their woody stems shouldn’t be covered by mulch.

WE CAN HELP

One of the simplest ways to care for your yard smarter and more efficiently while avoiding mistakes
is to let the professionals handle it. Call Eagle Crest Landscape Management today. (503) 641-5100
Our monthly service plans ensure that your yard always gets that extra TLC.

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