What Will Your Landscape Reveal This Spring?

Spring officially arrived on March 20th and so it’s time to examine and inspect your landscape. Warm weather will hopefully be on the way soon. As the season approaches, there is always the anticipation our flowers will bloom, and green grasses will return unharmed from a winter-long blanket of snow.

However, from Northeast Wisconsin to the Fox Valley, we all know what to expect once the snow has melted. Each of us discovers the damage left behind to our landscapes. That’s why we recommend having an assessment done of your property and then start this year’s recovery processes as soon as possible.

What Types Of Landscape Damage Will You Find This Spring?

As you begin inspecting your property, you will find dead spots in your turf. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might be forced to seed the area. Another area is thinning grass due to poor drainage. Until that gets addressed, your turf will continue to thin.

When you examine your trees and shrubs, you’ll want to inspect them closely. You are looking for any signs of damage or illness. If you’ve uncovered either, unfortunately, the plant needs removing. Finally, closely look at your ornamentals for any structural problems.

How Do Landscapes Get Damaged Under The Snow?

It might surprise you; even though snow may blanket our area, like a protective shield, certain harmful elements can still breakthrough or thrive under the snow. Below are a few examples of what causes the damages to your landscape the snow hides from sight:

  • Snow Mold
  • Salt Damage
  • Voles
  • Deer
  • Early Dormancy
  • Premature Cut Downs
  • Grubs Surfacing From In-Ground Hibernation

Many first-time homebuyers that consult with our Landscape Associates team members are often shocked by what they find once the snow melts. After they’ve gone through their first winter, it’s not until the beginning of Spring when they see the damage left behind and call us.

Are There Steps Can You Take?

It begins with early preparation in the Fall before our winter months start. That process helps to reduce potential landscape damage found the following Spring. Each of those steps helps combat the seasonal Wisconsin landscape issues all of us face every year.

At Landscape Associates, we recommend applying a late Fall fertilizer application. That practice helps your lawn store more food to survive our Northeast Wisconsin winters. It also prepares your landscape for thick, rapid growth and any necessary rooting occurring in the Spring.

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