Winter can take its toll on your landscape plants, shrubs, and trees. The cooler weather, freezing precipitation, wind, and other aspects of the season can attack your plants if they aren't adequately prepared for these cold months. There are steps your professional plant care company can take to ensure your plants are ready for winter.

Some of these steps include fertilization, addressing insect infestation, stopping plant disease, and more. To make it through the winter in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and the nearby areas, your shrubs and trees need to be as strong as possible.

Fall Fertilization Treatment Keeps Plants, Shrubs, & Trees Well-Fed Throughout the Winter

Fertilizing plants before winter in Spokane, WA.

A key step in preparing your plants, trees, and shrubs for winter is to give a winterizer fertilization treatment sometime in the fall. At Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, we apply a slow-release fertilizer to your lawn during the fall and a quick-release winterizer product as the temperature begins to fall. These nutrients spread into your soil, nourishing all the plants, shrubs, and trees on your property as well. When your landscape plants are well-fed entering the winter months, they are more resilient to fight off any problems that winter may bring, whether it be icy weather or freezing temperatures.

Perform an Inspection for Signs of Insect Infestation on Plants & Shrubs

If insects have started to take over your landscape plants, shrubs, or trees, then it's vital to have that taken care of before winter. Insect infestation will weaken your plants and they will not be as hardy for the upcoming cold weather. Many common insects feed on plant leaves and branches, which also opens up holes within the plant and makes it more vulnerable to plant diseases. In spring, we often see insect eggs that were left there over the winter. Leaving those untreated means more insects hatching onto your shrubs and feeding on new spring growth.

We recommend inspecting your plants and shrubs on a regular basis, but especially before winter so if there is an issue it can be treated immediately.

Eliminate Plant Diseases Before the First Frost Occurs

Black spot fungus growing on plant leaves in Spokane, WA.

Fungal plant diseases are another threat to your plants, especially when the weather is cooler. Common plant diseases can quickly destroy any built-up strength that your shrubs and trees have from other treatments throughout the year. Lecanium scale feeds on sap and begins to develop during the winter. It spreads when plant and tree leaves are shed, so it's crucial to treat for this during autumn when all the leaves are falling. 

Other common diseases such as black spot grow during the spring. If your plant is entering the spring and is weakened from winter weather, it will be harder to fight off this disease. Keeping these diseases at bay with fungicide treatments is crucial.

Do you need to get your plants, shrubs, and trees prepared for winter?

At Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service, we provide shrub and tree health services throughout the year so that your plants will be well-prepared for whatever winter throws at them. With almost 30 years of experience in the areas of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and other nearby cities, we know exactly how to ensure your plants are ready for winter. Give us a call today at (509) 927-6767 to get an estimate on our services.