Winter is coming, and everyone in Wisconsin should be preparing for a comfortable stay. Aside from our homes that needed to be checked before the winter came, plants are also in danger this coming icy season. Like humans who gets cold and experiences discomfort during the cold season, your shrubs on your yard also experience the same thing. When humans get cold, sweater and furnace are enough, but what if our plants need the same protection, how do we do it?
Landscaping Madison WI is a company that specializes in beautifying and protecting anyone’s landscape. Whether you want to install a new landscape with stunning shrubs, maintenance, or you want protection for your plants this winter season, we got you! Aside from the quality service we can offer, we are also here to get you going and well-informed about protecting your shrubs this winter. Read along to discover and gain insights right from our company.
When is the perfect time to wrap your shrub? The ideal time to prepare and wrap your shrubs is in November. If you have new plants, ensure that they are covered during its first two consecutive years. This is to protect its young leaves, stems, and branches in frigid winters. Remember that the older the plants are, the sturdier and prepared they are for the winter season. Most shrubs do not need wraps, but if your place has a record temperature of 25 degrees or less, might as well start wrapping your plants.
What materials do we use for wrapping a shrub? We, at Madison Landscaping CompanyLandscaping Madison WI, recommends and utilizes the right materials and tools in wrapping a shrub. This includes the burlap sack or the shrub wrap, plastic tree wraps or paper, twine, water and watering can. For the tools, we have a sledgehammer, utility knife, staple gun, scissors, and pump sprayer. How to wrap the shrub? Madison landscaping suggests employing various ways and techniques to protect and wrap evergreen shrubs before winter came.
The following methods are what we recommend:
Utilize a twine: Consider the forecast and see if there is heavy snow coming. If there is, you might want to bind and compress your shrub’s branches using a twine. To easily tie it, you can start at the bottom and continue doing it until you reach the last branch on top. The shape that you must acquire should be a conical-shaped so that it will not collect so much snow.
Wrap with a burlap sack: After you covered the shrub with a twine, encase it using a commercial bag or burlap sack. A burlap sack is recommended due to its wide dimension, letting the plants to breathe while in protection. Aside from the frost, the sack is also a protection to lingering deer.
Use a tree wrap for the trunks: One way to avoid frost damage is by wrapping your shrub’s trunks using a plastic or paper tree wrap. Note that you should not leave the tree wrap the whole year because it can bore insects inside that will damage your shrub sooner. You might want to install the tree wrap as early as before the first wave of frost, and remove it after the last wave of frost, just in time for spring.
Water your shrub thoroughly: To keep your plants hydrated before the freeze, you should water your plants beforehand. Moist or damp soil will keep the shrub hydrated while in a wrap. Watering your shrub will also prevent your plants from any defoliation.
What if the snow falls right before you had the chance to wrap it?
If ever that you run late in wrapping your shrubs, all you need to do is to brush the snow off. You can use either a broom or your arms in getting rid of the snow. You should do this as soon as possible to prevent any damage to your shrub. However, there are instances wherein a plant is seriously covered with ice due to an ice storm.
Do not try to get rid of the ice on your plants or else you will only damage it. You might want to call a professional to do it and to protect your landscaping design. Our company is here to do it with a hundred percent guarantee of well-cleaned plants.