January To Do’s

Your landscape doesn’t take the winter off … this is a great time to get ready for the new year!

 Beat the rush - get your landscape plan together for 2016. We can help with consultation, design and turnkey installation services.

 Plant trees and shrubs. It’s a great time to plant. Planting now gives your new plants the maximum time to establish a healthy root system before the next Texas summer. (Don’t forget the importance of hand watering during establishment – you cannot depend solely on your irrigation system.) Don’t forget your Root Stimulator!

 Plant cool season annuals: Pansies, snaps, pinks, ornamental cabbage & kale.

 Fertilize flowering annuals at least monthly … they are heavy feeders. And don’t forget those container plantings. Your winter perennials would also benefit from some high-nitrogen food.

 MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. We recommend shredded wood mulch. Remember mulch serves both to insulate the root system and hold in valuable moisture. It also makes it harder for weeds to get a foothold. Mulch can prevent freeze damage to shallow root systems.

 Prune trees, removing dead or damaged limbs while they are still easy to identify. Use of certified professionals will ensure proper pruning.

 Prune Crape Myrtles but don’t be guilty of “crape murder” (topping).

 It’s not too late to prune summer-flowering shrubs and vines. You can also shape evergreen shrubs.

 Be prepared for freezing temperatures. Have your frost cloth ready to protect your tender plants. Need to wrap pipes or exposed irrigation equipment?

 Watch out for scale insects. Early treatment with horticultural oil is a must.