While Arizona may seem like a perpetual desert to outsiders, residents know that winter weather can present itself even in Tucson. The temperature changes that come with the holiday season can wreak havoc on your landscaping if your backyard isn’t properly prepared. With these tips, your garden will be ready for winter.
Back to Basics
It may seem like a no-brainer but performing some basic landscaping maintenance can go a long way towards getting your yard ready for winter. Clear out any fallen tree limbs and make sure your hedges and plants are trimmed and well-kept. After Tucson’s intense monsoon season this year, you may have a little extra cleanup to do around your yard.
Tree growth slows down (and in some cases, halts completely) in cold weather, so it’s a good time to prune your trees into the shape you desire. Pruning will also facilitate better growth in the spring and summer months. It’s best to hire professional arborists to prune your trees, since an improper pruning job can damage your trees and prevent future growth. Professionals will also know the best amount of branch to prune and the ideal shape to cut your trees in.
Watch the Weather
Just because you’ve readied your plants for winter doesn’t mean the work is over quite yet. Drastic drops in temperature, frost, and snow can damage your plants and trees. Keep an eye on the weather reports for freeze warnings and inclement weather forecasts. If necessary, cover your plants with a burlap sack or a cotton sheet to protect them from the elements. Avoid covering them with plastic—the non-porous material won’t let moisture evaporate, which can cause bacteria and mold to proliferate.
Unsure of how to best protect your landscaping during the winter months? Our knowledgeable team at Complete Landscaping in Tucson is more than happy to help. For more information on our services or to request a landscaping consultation, call (520) 323-8918 or send us a message here.