Landscape maintenance is to maintain the improved appearance of an area of land, a highway, etc. by way of planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.
The latest cold snap probably shocked your early blooming daffodils; Spring has officially started, but the thermostat says otherwise at the moment. Mother Nature tries to adhere to a calendar, but at the end of the day, we are at her mercy. Over all, our weather is considerably more hospitable this time of year, but there may still be a few more surprises, as evidenced by our recent snow storm. It’s time to prepare your blooming fruit trees, vegetables or flowers from these potential cold snaps. There are several methods of protection for your landscape while the weather remains in flux. It’s important to note that it doesn’t have to freeze for plants to be damaged by frost. It just has to get cold enough for water vapor to condense on cold plants that have been chilled. Young trees or varieties of trees that have thin bark, (some fruit trees fall in this category), as well as the evergreens and firs are very susceptible to branches breaking from the heavy wet snow that often happens in the springtime. The best way to remove the snow is to gently brush the snow off by hand or with a broom with upward strokes. Gently shaking the branches can also be done, but this needs to be done carefully. Branches can be brittle during the winter months, so you could be doing more harm than good. You can also remove snow throughout the snow event to make removal easier and minimize the weight that’s on your plants at any given time. There are many varieties of plants that can handle the sudden cold temperatures, such as azaleas, hollies and pansies – these can