The Farmers’ Almanac, which has been predicting Canadian weather since 1818, gave Albertans the heads up to expect a long, cold, snowy winter this year. Unfortunately, Environment Canada hasn’t clearly disagreed with the prediction, commenting, “There’s some indications we could be trending towards La Niña.” La Niña is an ocean phenomena that generally causes colder, wetter winters in the prairies than are typical. So with the bad news prophesied, what should Calgary homeowners do with this knowledge?
Mulch is extremely protective against sudden plummets in temperature. A generous layer of mulch, effectively insulates your soil, protecting your plant roots from damage when the Earth freezes too fast. With lots of blisteringly cold weather forecasted for this winter, you’ll want to have a trusted Calgary landscaping team freshen any existing mulch beds and provide mulch to any trees, shrubs, or buried bulbs that are currently unprotected. As an added bonus, new mulch provides a fresh, clean texture to your yard, offering a much needed curb appeal boost in the middle of a dreary winter.
Harsh winds and heavy snowfall can spell disaster for trees. It’s easy for branches to break or possible for the full top of the tree to snap off. By wrapping trees — especially young trees, you help to keep branches together and safe, limiting potential ice damage. Burlap also protects trees near the road against splashes of salt. Finally, burlap acts like an insulator. It helps to even out both sudden temperature jumps during chinooks and the plunges back into the bitter cold.
However, when trees are not wrapped correctly, it can cause problems. An improperly wrapped tree can be left vulnerable to rodents without offering protection. It’s best to work with landscaping experts to ensure your young and vulnerable trees have the best chances over winter.
Fall Clean Up.
When it comes to making sure your lawn and yard weather the winter, there’s more to it than just raking up excessive leaves. A healthy lawn and yard in spring means taking time to blow out all the beds and hedges as well as clearing leaves from flower beds and anywhere else they’ve piled up. It means cutting and trimming back plants, so they grow dense and strong. A healthy lawn in spring needs fertilizer and aeration now to prevent compaction and nutrient depletion over the winter. If the Farmers’ Almanac has the right prediction for this coming winter, Calgary homeowners are quickly running out of time — but Five Star Landscaping isn’t.
Give our team of friendly Calgary landscapers a call, and we’ll help get your yard into pristine shape before the coming winter. For a beautiful, healthy lawn in 2021, schedule a Complete Fall Clean Up Service with our professional Calgary landscapers today.