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How Snow Can Damage Your Home Landscape?

Snow can be magical when it starts falling and the mild winter breeze you feel is calming. It adds more glitter in the dark winter starry night. All this sounds magical, right? But this magic of snowfall can turn out to be drastic. As kids, we only saw and enjoyed the snowfall, but as grown-ups, we know how hard it is to clean the mess after the snowfall. The snow can damage the home landscape drastically, and the snow removal process can be painful. The best way to avoid the damages is to know how you can get affected and take preventive measures. Snow removal can be easy when you know the effects and prepare yourselves.

Broken Trees and Branches

You may wake up one day and see that a tree or its branch has fallen on your lawn, or you may experience a loud thud during the day. Snow can put a significant amount of weight on the trees and its branches. The tree branches could break, and the trunk can split due to the heavy weight set on them by snow. Old and brittle trees, and even very young ones can’t hold much weight and can bend or break. Bark can also get ripped when a branch filled with snow breaks off the tree. If you see the trees covered in snow and the tree is young or old, then don’t take the risk yourself. Our experts will handle the process of snow removal with care.

Frost Crack

During the winter months, the temperature can go down anytime, whether it is day or night. The temperature in Canada is spine chilling. The water that may be collected in the trunk of a tree can freeze. The frozen water can make the tree trunk split open, and this is known as frost cracking. If the damage caused to the trunk is not severe, then the split trunk can close as the warmth of the sun falls on it. But the wood fibre inside the tree trunk may not grow back again, making the trunk weaker than before. Frost cracking is also referred to as southwest injury because the crack is mostly caused on the southwest side of the trees.

Another thing similar to splitting of the trunk is the splitting of bark, which is a less worrying problem than frost cracking. When the bark splits, the trees cure it on their own, making the treatment unnecessary. But still, the damage will have some effect on your landscape, and it is important to conduct the snow removal process to prevent any further damage to your lawn.

Bud Injury

The cold nights will not only freeze you inside your house, but also damage the plants on your lawn. During a freezing winter night, there is a high chance that the buds of plants can get damaged. Especially if the day is sunny and shining with the sun on top and suddenly the temperature drops to freezing at night. Due to the sunny day, the buds in the plants are prone to open prematurely, and during the freezing night, some or all of these buds can get killed. Bud injury occurs on the trees, shrubs, and plants that are vulnerable. And only the flower buds are affected because the leave buds are harder, and they can go through freezing nights.

It is advised that if the weather is forecasted or the temperature at night starts getting colder, then cover the plants that are fragile with burlap. Doing so will protect the plants from freezing and will also allow the air to pass. And as the day progresses, remove the burlap cover.

Crown Hydration

Crown hydration is one of the common problems caused to the lawn during the end of winters or at the beginning of the spring season. When the snow starts to melt during the day, the lawn will absorb a lot of water. If the weather drops back to the freezing point again, then the lawn can freeze up and lose its efficiency and fertility. You will witness brown spots and dead grass on your lawn as the signs of this problem. There is not much that you can do to avoid this problem.

The best that you can do is get rid of snow from your lawn as the winter months start coming to an end. Start the process of snow removal at your lawn as early as possible, before it starts melting. You can remove the snow by yourself, or you can call our professionals who will help you to get the best results. And when springs arrive, you can again fertilize your lawn and grow new grass.

Snow Mold

This is one of the most common problems faced by homeowners on their landscape. Snow mold usually builds on your grass and can make your lawn look unappealing. The snow mold starts growing underneath the snow and where the snow melts slowly. The mold can take place under the large piles of snow, like the pile collected alongside the sidewalk or in shady areas where it takes a long time for the snow to melt. The snow mold can be seen until a few days after the snow is melted. And the snow mold does not affect the roots of the grass.

You can save your lawn by making proper arrangements during the winter for the snow. Don’t make a large pile of snow. You can remove the mold grass, fertilize those areas, and grow new grass. And start the snow removal process on your lawn as soon as possible to keep things right.

The snow removal process outside at your lawn should be done properly and at the earliest. To keep your lawn in a good position and maintain it for every season, you can contact us. We have experts that will provide the best services for your landscape.

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