Here are some helpful suggestions from our team, to help you keep your property looking beautiful.
Last month, we offered up some advice about renovating your Deer Grasses. With warming temperatures, you can now safely move on to the remaining plants on your property. Renovate ground cover plants, such as Lantana, Dahlia, etc. by cutting them down to roughly 8 to 12 inches tall. Shrubs, such as Jojoba, Fairy Duster, Sage, Brittle Bush, and Cassia should be trimmed to a height of 12 to 24 inches. Doing so will create more open space, allowing sunlight to reach the middle of the plants. This will promote natural growth, create more plant structure, and enhance the plant’s ability to blossom and flower. If you follow this simple procedure each spring, you’ll enjoy a healthier, more beautiful property all year round.
Spring is on the horizon and it’s a great time to renovate the plants around your home. We recommend our residents do this once a year. Renovating plants promotes natural growth and increases the overall health of your landscaping. When you renovate your plants, you will notice more lush plants that are full of color. Your plants also will require little to no fertilizer as more photosynthesis occurs after renovation. The best place to start is with grass species. The proper way to do this is by cinching a strap or rope at the base of the grass about six to 12 inches from the ground, depending upon the size of the plant. Tighten the blades together and cut the grass just above the strap/rope. Afterwards, discard the clippings; remove the rope and continue to the process until all your grass plants have been trimmed. As temperatures warm, we will provide more tips to help you renovate your other species of shrubs.
The cooler temperatures we have had may have caused frost damage to some of the plants around your home. The damage occurs when ice crystals form within plant tissue, harming their cells. Leaves and tender new growth are usually affected first. Initially, they will appear wilted. This means these affected parts of the plant have died. Most plants that look dead after a frost will start to recover as soon as warm weather comes. The way they recover and how they appear may not be what you expect. The extent of frost damage and possible recovery depends upon the type of plant and how much cold they were exposed to. At this point we will learn how many of our plants did not make it through the winter. We recommended you wait until there is no longer a risk of frost before beginning spring plant renovations. Industry standard is to begin your renovations with the grass species. Grass is more hardy and can withstand a late frost if one should occur. Other plant renovations should begin in late February or early March and be finished by early June.
How can you protect your plants from cold temperatures this time of year? Glad you asked. Believe it or not, a great first step is to water the area surrounding your plants the night before a frost is predicted. Wet soil holds heat better than dry soil. The soil releases this moisture, raising the air temperature and keeping the plants warmer throughout the night. You can also cover your plants with bed sheets, drop cloths, blankets or plastic sheets to help them retain warmth. Use stakes to keep the material from touching the plants. This is especially important if you use plastic. Make sure you remove the coverings when the temperatures begin rising the next day.