As of Thursday, December 22, 2016
Neighborhood Expert: Russ Lindsley of Green Acres Nursery
Don’t let winter keep you from caring for your landscape, as snow and other factors can play havoc otherwise. Here are some advisory tips from Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville.
Year-round vegetable gardeners should be remembering to remove snow from cold frames and mini hoop tunnels. If heavy snow is allowed to accumulate, it blocks sunlight from reaching the crops, but it can also damage the structures.
De-icers and road salts can damage both plants and soil. In areas of heavy salt use, soil salinity rises and vital soil life can be affected, as well as tender plant roots and evergreen foliage that can’t tolerate exposure to salt on a regular basis. For planting areas adjacent to walks and drives, choose salt-resistant plants or rely on salt-free ice melters, such as calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. Protect roadside plantings from salt spray with a shield of landscape fabric erected into a fence with wooden stakes.
And what about that snow? Make sure you won’t be piling snow on top of delicate plants. Spread snow out after shoveling to avoid compaction in certain areas of your lawn.
Tie up your loosely branched evergreens and boxwoods to prevent snow damage. Do not use a broom or snow shovel to knock the snow off shrubs, as the limbs may be frozen and extremely fragile. Even the lightest poke at a shrub in such weather can result in substantial damage. Once the snow has landed, the damage is done. Allow the snow and ice to melt naturally.
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