Winter Tree and Shrub Preparation

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It  is important to take special measures to protect evergreen tree and shrubs from with wind and blowing snow damage . We are more than happy to come close your garden and properly prepare your trees for the winter cold.

Some of the steps to follow to ensure proper winter care include:

0. Winter preparation should begin with adequate watering in the fall.

1. Protect from salt spray with a double-layer of burlap. Ideally, choose salt tolerant plants for road-side planting or place evergreen within a reasonable distance from the road. Salt-spray not only damages the needles and trunk, but can burn the root system when salt-water runs into the soil.

2. To conserve water for evergreens and broad-leaf evergreens, apply a thick layer of mulch to the base of the Trees or plants.

3. Broken branches can be prevented by tying the branches with heavy duty string or twine.

4. Young trees can be protected with plastic tree guards to prevent damage from animals such as rabbits and mice. Remove these guards in the summer to prevent the trees from trapping moisture around the bark and attracting insects.

5. If rabbits are a big problem in your area, use chicken wire cages around or over plants or shrubs that they are particularly attracted to. As the snow levels rise, they may be able to chew the tops of the plants or shrubs, be sure to install them so they are taller than the height of the shrub or plant.

Contact us if you would like professional assistance with these tasks.


Happy Holidays and New Year from Nature’s Palette!

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Wishing all of our clients and employees a very happy holidays and New Year!

This extended fall weather is leaving us little need for snow removal, but don’t be fooled- the snow is just around the corner!¬†Prepare yourselves with one of our snow removal packages. Please inquire for further information and an estimate.

Thinking about a Landscape Project for next season? Call Us! We are open until December 18th then close for the Holidays and re-open January 4th. We would be happy to set-up a consultation and quote your project. Our design office is still working away throughout the winter season in preparation for all the exciting projects for Spring/Summer 2016!

It is still not too late to plant spring bulbs. Some hardy flower choices might include; tulips, narcissi, hyacinths and crocuses. As long as they were properly stored in the fall and well-aired, they should be perfectly fine to plant. We’ve had stories of people digging into the snow covered soil in early January and still having brilliant flowers come spring. Test your luck- It is not too late!

We will be accepting project bookings in the New Year- Best to book ahead so you can be first on the list for your dream outdoor space.

Thank you to everyone who has chosen Nature’s Palette Landscape & Design for your Landscaping needs. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!