Care for Your Evergreens this Winter

This is the last hull before the winter weather really starts to take force. With likely only a couple weeks left before the snow starts, homeowners are rushing around trying to prepare their lawns and inground sprinklers for the winter. As we all know, Ottawa temperatures are not friendly to those who haven't properly prepared for the cold. At least you can count on your evergreens staying alive throughout the harshest months of the year. Right? Don't be so sure.

Despite the fact that evergreens require minimal maintenance, they do have a few needs that should be met. These are simple and irregular steps that won't add any hassle to your regular property care routine. Before you blow out your Ottawa inground irrigation system for the winter, make sure your evergreens are up to speed on winter preparations. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems will help you out, but you'll need a little more than that. Here are the ins and outs of evergreen care from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

A sprinkling of Ottawa inground irrigation
Evergreen trees are ready to survive any season because of their modest needs. The camel of the Canadian tree world, evergreen trees need very little water to survive. That being said, they do require some water from your inground sprinkler.

Before the ground freezes, and before you complete the big blow out of your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems, offer up your evergreens a bit more water. This won't require much from your inground sprinklers – just enough to let an inch or so dribble to the roots. Once the ground hardens, water will be tough to come by.

A spoonful of fertilizer
While fertilizing your trees is usually a good habit to have for your lawn care routine, your evergreens simply don't want your fertilizer. In fact, fertilizer can harm your evergreens rather than help them. In general, avoid fertilizing your evergreens.

That being said, there are some times when you'll need to bring out the fertilizer and inground sprinklers to revitalize your evergreens. If your evergreens no longer look … well, green … then it's time to add a spoonful of sugar to help them perk up. That's all it takes! Spread just 1 tablespoon of a balanced fertilizer around the base of your evergreen. Follow that with a spray from your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems, and watch the tree return to its verdant state.

Be a stickler with shears
Evergreen trees don't like pruning any more than they like fertilizer. In fact, you should rarely if ever shear or prune your evergreen trees, and instead just let them grown naturally. Keep in mind that a single mistake could take years to fix. Damage or removal of an important part of the structure of the tree could take several years before it regrows.

Evergreen shrubs, on the other hand, may be maintained fairly regularly. Feel free to prune them into a prim shape, but be warned that damage to the structure of these bushes can also take several years of growth before they return to their original splendour.

Prepare your Ottawa inground irrigation for winter with Nutri-Lawn Ottawa. Receive your complimentary consultation on services and maintenance of your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems today!