Potted plants and planters:
During these frigid winter days it is important that pots and planters on your decks and patios receive frequent watering. Cold weather pulls moisture out of the soil and a plant could dry out within a week's time if not given supplemental watering. Not allowing pots to dry out in the winter months helps ensure that your plant will thrive in the coming spring.
Don't scalp your warm season grass too early:
As the Bermuda and Zoysia go dormant, it is okay to lightly mow the turf to level off the uneven growth but we do not recommend fully scalping the turf until January/early February. Scalping too soon may encourage the turf that has not gone completely dormant to be exposed to these cold nighttime temperatures and may cause Spring Dead Spot next year. Yes - SPRING DEAD SPOT!!! There is some warm season turf grass that is still green & growing. It's best to let nature take its course and allow it to go dormant before we start to regenerate it with scalping.
Mulch and Pine straw:
These are two important ways to protect plants in your landscape. After leaf drop (about NOW,) it's time to add a good layer of hardwood mulch or pine straw in all landscaped areas, this helps protect perennials and root zone areas from moisture loss. Another mulching recommendation is to let the leaves naturally fall in common areas where appropriate on your properties. There is nothing better than nature naturally decomposing its leaf matter to nourish the surrounding trees and create a moisture barrier for the summer months.