Hometown Landscape & Lawn Service
P.O. Box 4727, Silver Spring, MD 20914
03 Mar 2017

Preparing your landscape for the winter ahead

At Hometown Landscape & Lawn Service we understand that your landscape is an investment. Here are some tips to ensure a happy transition from fall to winter.

Mulch

Mulch is especially important for plants during the fall. Mulch acts like a blanket for your plants’ roots, keeping them warm and protected during the winter. Not only does a layer of mulch protect roots from frost, it also helps to retain moisture during the cold, dry winter.

To mulch your plants, simply spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs. It’s best to invest in a quality hardwood mulch.

Remove Dead Plants

If you have any annuals that die out when frost hits, it’s a good idea to take the time to remove them before winter really sets in. Removing dead and dying plants now is a great way to prepare your landscaping for winter, because it tidies up your landscaping for spring. Now, when spring rolls around, you’ll have a nice, neat landscape instead of one that is full of dead plants that need to be removed!

Wrap Delicate Shrubs

Do you ever worry about your shrubs when you’re sitting inside your warm home watching the howling winter winds whip through your garden? Strong winds and heavy snow can leave delicate shrubs looking ragged by spring. You can protect your shrubs by wrapping them in burlap. For smaller plants, cover them with overturned pots or buckets to protect them.

Give us a call! Hometown Landscape & Lawn Service, Inc can help get your landscape ready for the winter!

Call us at 301-490-5577 today!

04 Nov 2016

Should I have my gutters cleaned before Winter?

If you have noticed your gutters are clogged with debris, now may be the best time to have them cleaned! Your gutters serve the purpose of directing water away from your home so that leaks and rot damage do not happen to your roof and foundation. When the gutters become clogged water can pour over the sides or debris can freeze causing cracks to form.

To protect your investment and maintain the integrity of your gutters, a yearly cleaning before the temperatures drop is essential.

If you choose to clean your gutters on your own remember to have someone spot you while on a ladder and never clean them alone!

If you cannot safely clean your gutters on your own, please call Hometown Landscape & Lawn, Inc to schedule a complimentary consultation and quote!

We can be reached at 301-490-5577 or sales@hometownlandscape.com

28 Oct 2016

Snowmageddon 2017?

From the looks of it, this is going to be another rough winter for the DMV. With upwards of 2 feet of snow predicted for the season, now is the time to buy a snow shovel if you don’t already have one!

Snow predictions 2016-2017

If you are one of those people that always waits until the storm to stock up on ice melt, a snow brush for your car, and a shovel to clear your walkways, you might want to think about just getting them now to avoid the headache!

 

21 Oct 2016

Prepping Perennials for the Winter

Fall is upon us and it is time to start prepping your garden to survive the winter. Taking good care of your garden beds in the fall will help them to thrive in the spring and summer.

After the first frost has struck and your foliage begins to yellow off and die, cut back the plants to help them survive the winter. Cutting back the plants helps to keep the water inside the roots instead of feeding to the leaves.

Feed your plants– Fall is a great time to work compost into your flower beds. Compost will break down over the winter, releasing nutrients and improving your soil structure

Mulch– after the ground has frozen, remove old mulch and replace or add hay to help catch and hold snow. This extra layer will help to insulate the bed as well.