We have to ask is it over yet ?
We now face the daunting task of fixing our landscapes. After the harsh winter we endured this season, we focus on what lies beneath the snow and what becomes visible as it melts. Damages to the lawn are at great risk this year as grounds weren’t fully frozen in the start of the snow season and plows may have damaged the grounds. Large tire furrows and sheets of grass have been exposed and pulled right out of place.
Heaving of dry set walkways and patios may be visible due to winter ground movement and displacement caused from the freezing and thawing of the ground. In most occurrences, dry set pavers will return to their normal position once temperatures are more stable and grounds thaw. Pavers that don’t return to their normal position can be reset with a bedding of stone dust or sand setting.
Tree and Shrub damage is common in New England. Three forms of damages that occur are: Wind-Burn, Salt Damage, and Cold Injury. Wind- Burn occurs when severe cold and dry airy winds blow across the leaves and needles, causing evaporation of moisture inside the foliage. This will cause the plants tissue to take on a brownish appearance. If your foliage has been affected give your shrub or tree a heavy watering in the spring. This can be prevented by doing a thorough watering in the fall and wrapping the shrub or tree with a burlap wrap.
Salt damage occurs in a variety of ways. Foliage damage occurs when salt contacts foliage. This can occur from roadway spray or plows pushing snow against your shrubs and plants. These salts can also cause the break-down of the very delicate grass roots as well as rooting of trees and shrubs. Provide these affected shrubs and plants with an adequate supply of water this spring to break down the salt build up and reduce effects on your plant life.
Cold injury is more than common in New England as extreme low temperatures cause moisture and plant tissue to freeze and rupture the cell life on the foliage. Roots are also at risk of freezing and becoming damaged with the lack of insulation covering root systems. Freezing of roots will cause lack of nutrients and moisture absorbed by the tree or shrub. Thoroughly water your plants this spring and cut back any broken or damaged limbs or branches.
This spring we have a lot of repairs to contend with and what seems like no time to do it. Spring cleaning inside and out, fix the roof, fix the gutter, and repair the car… It does not seem to end. Never mind the thought of broken tree limbs.