Indiana has had a few snaps of extreme cold this year, but the majority of the winter has been considerably mild. While thats great for those who enjoy spending time outdoors — and the effect on your monthly heating bill — it can be an area of concern when it comes to landscaping.

Here are some key issues to consider:

  1. Faster growth — A mild winter means your plants and lawn wont take as long to come back from dormancy. You may even be able to have new shrubs planted early to take advantage of the added warmth.
  2. Pests — A harsh cold helps to kill or stall or annual pests. When the temperatures stay mild, the pests need less time to gather their forces. Your grass and plants may suffer from earlier attacks than usual, so you cant delay in the application of insecticides.
  3. Weeds — Your plants and grasses will rebound faster from a mild winter, which unfortunately means the same for weeds. As with pests, its critical you treat your landscaping early to stay ahead of the scourge. Weeds left unchecked can quickly spiral out of control.
  4. Fungus — A mild winter allows fungi, which is the source of many plant diseases, to stick around. Some plants can suffer from increased decay due to fungus. Any leftover leaves or plant debris from fall must be removed as soon as possible to minimize growth.
  5. Heat — Though not definitive, mild winters can lead to severe summers. Areas of the Midwest have gone through prolonged droughts in recent memory, causing landscaping to die. Before planting anything new, take time to learn about flora that can withstand extreme temperatures

Have you enjoyed the mild winter? What impact has the weather had on your landscaping? To learn more about how you can best prepare for the warm-up, contact us today.


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