Storm Damage and Cleanup Tips

Storm Damage-tree work-winter

When a storm hits, it’s always unexpected unless you have a direct line to Mother Nature. She can be fast and furious and depending on her mood, leave broken tree limbs and piles of snow behind. We’ve compiled some advice on how to prevent storm damage to your home and garden and keep your family safe.

  1. To protect from flooding rain, make sure your yard slopes away from the house and that gutters are clear and draining properly. Improper drainage can cause foundations to crack and water seepage as a result.
  2. Every inch of rain can equate to ten inches of snow if temperatures are 32 or below. How to safely remove snow without busting the derriere is imperative. Take our advice…apply a de-icer a few hours before it snows and this will help melt accumulations up to 2 inches.
  3. Have on hand an ergonomic S-shaped shaft shovel that is lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a non-stick finish to do the dirty work of shoveling out without hurting your back in the process.
  4. Get a tree-health consultation to make assure dead, damaged and diseased limbs are removed before a winter storm hits and does major damage to your home or family. We follow ANSI A300 Pruning Standards in order for your trees to receive the utmost care and remain healthy.

If you have any questions or would like drainage solutions, snow removal, storm cleanup or a tree health evaluation, call for an appointment today at 828-715-1590 or 774.1590.

Seven Autumn Garden Tips

garden tips-landscaper-lawn-n-orderBefore winter sets in and you get too cozy by the fire, take some time to stroll through the garden to do these last minute chores. Just doing these will help preserve your garden while it sleeps through the winter and prevent damage to your beloved plants.

  1. Snow and rain can cause leaves to mat down and smother the grass. So be sure to rake away those accumulating leaves! Even those blown over from your neighbor’s yard and garden. Just pay it forward!
  2. You can continue to plant pansies and snapdragons for winter and early spring color. The plants may look a little wilted on cold days, but as soon as the sun warms them, they perk right up. Fertilizing with Osmocote after planting will keep them blooming throughout the cold months and give them a boost for spring in your garden.
  3. Now is a great time (October) to use dormant or sun oil to treat scale on your trees and shrubs. As long as the weather isn’t extremely cold, spray now to smother the scale on the leaves and stems. This will keep your garden healthy.
  4. Planting new shrubs and trees in the garden will give them time for the roots to get established before the plant breaks dormancy and begins the work of producing foliage and flowers.
  5. Keep your waterfalls and water features running or install an aeration device to keep water feature-aeration-landscaper-Ashevillethe surface from freezing. A solid surface of ice over the water feature will trap harmful gases under the surface and harm the fish.
  6. The weight of ice and snow can seriously damage your evergreens. Take a broom and gently brush off ice and snow. If damage occurs, call us, and we will recommend a course of action to save the specimen.
  7. Keep a garden journal. Make notes of plants you want to replace, transplant or change in your garden for the upcoming season. Record what worked and didn’t work. Then note it on your calendar and give us a call when spring arrives.