July 25, 2014

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Protecting plants, trees and shrubs during the winter

With the winter season in full swing, homeowners should be thinking about how to best protect their plants, trees and shrubs from snow, ice, winds and winter temperatures. Taking steps to "winterproof" lawns and landscapes will help to minimize potential damage and get the landscape ready for the spring season.

The following are winter care tips from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national association of landscape professionals:

1. Mulch Trees, Plants and Shrubs.

Mulch around trees, plants and shrubs to add extra protection for winter. Mulching is an important control for erosion and loss of water and a two-inch layer of mulch will reduce water loss and help maintain uniform soil temperature around the roots.