Alex’s Lawn and Turf Blog

Lawn care tips from the experts

Landscape Design for Winter Color

January 30th, 2012

Most people have beautiful landscaped spaces that they enjoy in the summer. Here in Minnesota we only have summer for eight months, those remaining four months some landscapes become rather drab. Have you ever thought about designing your landscaping to be appealing even during those winter months? Here are some great idea plant ideas to add interest to your winter landscape.

Red Dogwood – Evergreen Holly – Tall Perennial Grasses – Winter Berry Holly – Birch Varieties

These plants continue to add interest to your landscape after the summer months have faded. If you are interested in learning more about how to keep your landscaping looking beautiful year round please contact us today!

Warm January Confusing Trees

January 19th, 2012

Everyone has noticed that this January has been particularly warm, and some of you have also noticed the trees have buds on the trees and flowers beginning to appear. Some of you may be wonder how this affects your trees and if this can damage or kill them.

Trees do have buds during the snowiest winters, but with all the snow and ice, you cannot see the buds.  If there are many warm days in January, in the spring the trees may be a little slow to start new growth. The tree potentially would use up energy breaking the buds in the winter that it would be better off using in the spring.

The lack of snow can also cause some problems. Minnesota trees are used to having their root systems insulated by the snow cover. In the short term, this is not too big of a concern.

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