We work all year maintaining and caring for our gardens, so it’s important not to let all of that hard work go waste in the winter. While very few plants grow in Ohio in January, for the ones that do, it is important to take proper care so that once spring hits, you can easily jump back into it.
At some point this winter, we will get our famous Columbus, Ohio snow that comes out of nowhere and hangs around unwelcome for weeks. That is the perfect time to care for your ornamental plants and trees. After the snowfall, dust the snow off of ornamental shrubs and bushes, and tree branches that can be safely reached. It is common for a branch or two to break during a storm, so it is important to get it pruned off immediately following a storm to prevent peeling or cracking further.
Heavy ice is also something we often face in Columbus, and our shrubs and trees take the brunt of it. As tempting as it is, don’t pull icicles or break ice off of leaves or branches. The plant is highly susceptible to breakage when covered in ice, so it is best to let it melt off naturally.
As fun as it is to sled down the big hill in the back lawn and run around in the fresh snowfall, it could actually be damaging the ground underneath. Traction tears the healthy grass out from the soil causing patches of bare areas. It is important to be cautious of the foot traffic on the ground when ice and snow are covering it. As an alternate, use sand, birdseed or sawdust to help gain traction overtop the ice on the path leading to the house.
For more information about protecting your garden in winter, more winter gardening tips, or to plan your spring planting and gardening, contact the professionals at Jones Topsoil or give us a call! We are here for all of your soil and gardening needs.
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Winter always comes too fast and that means you need to start making garden preparations sooner rather than later. Winter poses some challenges to home gardens if you are in a cold climate. There are some precautions that you can take, though. You might think winter is a strange time to be using mulch, but there are actually a few different ways to utilize mulch in the winter to protect your garden.
To protect plants from freezing temperatures and save them from dying, you can insulate the ground to trap some warmth, just as you would inside your home. Snow surprisingly acts as a good insulator for plants in the ground and serves as a buffer from the freezing air to the roots below ground. However, if there isn’t much snow, but temperatures are below freezing then mulch can work as an extra layer of insulation. To figure out how much mulch you need, you first need to know how deep the roots of your plants are. Then mulch enough so that the root length plus your mulch height is greater than the frost level.
Another nifty use of mulch in the winter is to protect roses. If you have rose shrubs, find a small cylindrical enclosure (a wide, but short piece of PVC would work), place it around the roses and then fill it with mulch to insulate the flowers. You can use mulch similarly to protect the crown of roses or the canes of climbing roses.
Winter mulching, or otherwise, Jones Topsoil has you covered for all your topsoil, mulch, gravel, limestone, or sand needs. We’ll deliver your order right to your home. Just contact us anytime and we’ll be happy to serve you in any way we can!
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With the Columbus fall in full swing, it’s time to start preparing your topsoil for the hard Ohio winter ahead. A common side effect of extreme cold and frost during the winter months is soil erosion. Erosion occurs when the earth’s surface becomes corroded, dissolved or worn away, resulting in the decomposition of earth leaving non-level surfaces, generally affected by water, ice and other weather conditions.
The negative effect of erosion is that it results in the loss of nutrients and decreases the overall soil productivity, limiting the amount of air flow to plants and organisms in the spring and summer months. Many people think of winter as a time to walk away from the yard work and prepare for spring planting, however, the truth is quite the opposite. There are various methods to protect your topsoil throughout fall and winter to better prepare it for spring time.
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