North River Landscape

 

Lawn Care Tips

WATERING: In most years, most ornamental plants won't need watering beyond normal rainfall. But with any young or transplanted plants, it is very important to help them through severe summer weather with occasional watering until their root systems become stronger and more established in the soil.

 

PRUNING: The goal of proper fertilization is to promote stronger healthier plants that will thrive and survive any adverse weather conditions or minor insect or disease problems. Fertilization over time will promote growth in plant size, which is desirable for most plants in a proper location. Some plants, however, must have their size and shape controlled to maintain a natural, but conforming appearance. Examples would be in front of the house so plants don't block windows, or in shrub beds that may get too crowded. Light frequent pruning is more beneficial and easier than waiting until a plant is too large to reduce in size. Once or twice a season is usually sufficient in most situations. Pruning equipment should be sharp for clean cuts. Any flowering plants should be pruned right after it's flowering is finished, before it starts putting a lot of it's energy into the next years flower buds.

 

MULCHING: Adding mulch to shrub beds has benefits beyond improving their appearance. Along with reducing the weed population, a proper depth of mulch cover shades the soil to help it maintain its moisture longer. This can greatly help the plants get through drought periods. It is important that mulch not be too deep. 2-3? is best, if it gets too deep, it ends up soaking up all the rain preventing it from getting to the soil where its needed.

 

WINTER PROTECTION: Broadleaf evergreen shrubs are susceptible to ?winter burn? or drying out damage to their leaves through winter. The combination of cold winter winds pulling moisture out of the leaves, and a dormant root system unable to replenish that moisture can cause the browning or death of some or all leaves. While this won't necessarily kill the plant, it makes for very unattractive plants until the plant can regenerate new functioning leaves the following spring and summer. This process yearly can greatly weaken the plant and eventually cause death. Our "wiltproofing" protection spray in late fall - early winter is designed to ?coat? the leaves to prevent moisture loss and this type of winter damage.