We often take great care to make our yards look awesome. Sometimes we do that for ourselves and other times we do that for others who might see them. Maybe it’s even a little bit of both. Unfortunately, we go to all of this effort but then the cold weather strikes and it does more harm than good.

Shrubs are not a plant that you can just bring inside for the winter. This means that they often are exposed to winter weather that can leave behind damage to shrubs.

Let’s take a quick look at how to recognize winter damage and what you can do about it.

What Causes Winter Damage to Shrubs?

There is more than one way that winter can wreak havoc on your shrubs. In fact, you can have a mild winter and still experience damage from the cold. This happens in warm climates that see little to no freezing temperatures just as much as hearty winters in other locations.

These are the main types of winter damage.

●     Desiccation

●     Frost

●     Sunscald

Desiccation is primarily caused by your shrub becoming dehydrated. Whether the shrub needs water or has lost water, it’s lacking moisture. Things like wind, dry air, and ice can quickly pull the moisture out of the shrub. The signs include dry brown leaves as well as the growth that appears shriveled.

Frost is more likely to damage growth. This might be leaves or new growth. The frost can be harsh on delicate parts of the shrub, leaving it to turn black or brown and even crisp.

Sunscald comes from sunlight exposure. It’s not the same as the summertime sun. The winter sun is brighter and strong on the shrub. This can lead to white damage on the shrub. However, it might also cause withering and brown spots.

Shrubs will be more susceptible to damage when they don’t get the chance to become dormant. However, winter simply works a number on them.

Winter Care

Winter is the time for your plants to be dormant. You can water your shrub on occasion to help it retain some moisture but you won’t want to do this a lot.

The best thing to do when you notice winter damage to shrubs is to simply let it be through the winter. Pruning shrubs in the winter might actually expose them to more harm and cause additional damage.

Simply let the plant experience the winter and plan to have some pruning done in the spring. While your shrub might look a little sad now, they typically recover well with proper spring care.

StreamLine Designs Shrub Care

When winter is over and you’re ready to have your shrubs cared for, we can help. We will be happy to prune your winter-damaged shrub when spring comes. In some cases, your shrub may need some additional care. Our experts can help get the shrub back to a healthy condition.

Don’t be alarmed by a little bit of winter damage. Shrubs typically recover well. Give it some time and let’s see how the spring goes.

A well-landscaped property has the potential to boost your mental health and create a welcoming vibe for your guests. Starting a new landscaping project is an exciting process, but starting at the right time is key to preventing unwanted stress. So when exactly is the best time to start a landscaping project?

If you ask us, we say the earlier the better! Shooting to get your landscaping project finished by late winter/early spring means you can spend your entire summer ogling at the beauty of a job well done. Rather than stressing about an unsightly mess, you and your guests can admire the finished product.

Let’s go over the benefits of starting your landscaping project early and how to go about doing so when the days are still chilly.

The Benefits of Starting Early

Depending on the size of your desired project, the process can take weeks or even months. However, if you start the process of planning and hiring contractors early, you can decrease the timeline and save a lot of stress in the process.

Although DFW nights can fall below freezing, daytime temperatures give you a leg up as winters are generally mild in the area. Because of this, work can be done year-round here. You don’t need to worry about harsh winter storms messing up your project timeline unless we experience an unusual weather pattern.

With that said, winter tends to be a slower season in general for landscapers which means you are far more likely to get on our books for the timeline you desire if you hire during late winter. All in all, if your goal is to enjoy your home to the fullest during the summer, getting your landscaping projects finished and out of the way early is your best bet.

What Can You Do in Winter?

Although winter may not seem like the time to start summer landscaping projects, it’s actually on the contrary. Late winter is the best time to begin the planning and hiring process. When it comes to planning out your project, doing so early means that when it’s time to meet with your contractors, you have a clear plan for them to follow.

A clear plan also means your contractors can give you an accurate timeline for when they expect to finish the project. Accurate timelines are important when it comes to hiring the best possible contractor for the job. 

In general, it’s best to hire your contractors during late winter as spring-fall is the busy season. Reaching out early is also recommended as landscaping has seen far more interest lately due to the pandemic and everyone spending more time in their home.

What Can We Do?

StreamLine Designs can help you with all of your landscaping needs. Whether you need help with the design process or you have something in mind already and need help with the heavy lifting, we offer a variety of services to make your project a success.