The winter months can be brutal on your home’s beautiful landscape. Don’t let the snow and freezing temperatures ruin what you’ve worked hard to create. Follow these winter landscaping tips to protect your home’s exterior from the elements this season.
• Make sure fallen leaves or debris have been completely cleared from your landscape to prevent insects and disease from spreading.
• Replace mulch around trees and shrubs to protect the roots and keep soil rich.
• It can be challenging for homeowners to determine how to protect plants from frost. We suggest using plant covers, shrub covers, and tree protectors to ensure the living materials used in your landscape are healthy and strong this coming spring.
• What you use for de-icing your hardscapes is typically personal preference. Consider using magnesium chloride or driveway salt for concrete safe ice melt. To melt ice on your pavers and other hardscaping materials, we suggest using sand or cat litter. When the snow and ice melt, the resulting runoff will not affect the surrounding plant materials.
• Get in the holiday season with exterior decorations. Hang strings of lights from tree branches and line porches and deck railings with garland. Make the most of all the seasons!
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Chicagoans face some of the most brutal winters compared to other Americans across the country. From the deep cold to lake-effect snow to ice and slush, winters here can be just awful. This time of year, we always find ourselves pulling out the winter coats and scarves to prepare us for the coming season. But don’t forget that your home has to endure this freezing period too! Make sure to prepare your patio by sealing backyard pavers and bricks.
Preparing your patio pavers for the long winter months can often go overlooked as we are preparing ourselves to face the harsh cold. It is essential, however, that you seal your pavers in order to protect them from the elements that they will face this winter. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice will heap damage onto your pavers. As a result, you can find yourself waking up to spring with cracked and discolored pavers. Don’t let this idea become a reality! Sealing pavers will protect them and enhance their color for many months to come.
The best time to seal your pavers is during the fall. This time of year is the best time to wash away the summer’s dirt and grime and apply a sealant for paving slabs that protects your pavers from the elements during the winter. Typically, you only need to reseal your pavers once every other year but depending on the weather conditions your pavers face, this timeframe could change. To help determine if your pavers need to be resealed, spray your pavers with a hose and see if water seeps into the paver or beads up. If the water beads up, that means the patio block sealer is still working properly and likely doesn’t need to be reapplied. If the water seeps into your paver, then the sealer is likely worn and it is time for another application.
Aspen Valley has the answers to all of your hardscape questions. To learn more about sealing your pavers or to get patio design ideas, stop by one of our convenient locations today.
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Fall is a favorite season for so many reasons: cool breezes, changing leaves, and football. But did you also know that fall is also the best time to seed your lawn?
This is especially true here in the Midwest. With fall seeding, you will want the seed to germinate, emerge, and grow to around 3 inches in height. The further along the seedlings get, the better the chance that the plants make it through winter without damage. It’s a good idea to pay close attention to the window of fall seeding, with ideal months being late August through September and October being a little riskier.
Each type of grass seed has their own germinating timeframe and corresponding effect from moisture. From Kentucky Bluegrass, to Perennial Ryegrass, to Creeping Red Fescue, it’s important to understand the best method for your particular grass seed. Fall seeding all hinges on the weather and what timeframe you decide to seed.
Winter is coming soon and it's expected to be much harsher than last year, so it’s imperative to take action now in regards to seeding. There’s still time to get the grass greener on your side of the fence for next spring.
The answer is dormant seeding.
Dormant seeding is a process of sowing grass in the winter months. This is an effective method that usually begins in November and can be done throughout the winter, if conditions are suitable. The ground should not be frozen, but it should be cold enough that the germination holds off until spring. Dormant seeding relies on the freeze/thaw cycles to help pull the seed into the soil. Seeds will not germinate in soils that are 55 degrees or colder. The ideal time to dormant seed is just prior to a snowfall that will remain through the winter.
Aspen Valley believes in the dormant seeding practice. The seeds will get a huge jump with the spring moisture and initial warm up in temperatures. Come spring, you should see new green grass sprouting up.
Stop in to one of our locations or give Aspen Valley a call to discuss your seeding questions. We are here to help you for your current and future lawn care needs.
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