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How to Keep Shrubs & Trees Healthy in Winter

How to Keep Shrubs & Trees Healthy in Winter

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...

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Best Practices for Preventing Plant & Shrub Diseases

Best Practices for Preventing Plant & Shrub Diseases

In our area of Washington, we have many different types of plants, shrubs, trees, and bushes. These provide beauty and excellent scenery, but they are susceptible to many threats.

When these plants and trees aren’t properly fertilized, they lose the strength to fend off insects and diseases. Here are some common diseases that plague plants in the areas of Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake, and how we can work to help prevent them from destroying the plants in your yard.

Lecanium Scale Infests Many Plants, Sucks Sap Out of Branches & Leaves

Lecanium scale can overtake trees in Spokane Valley.

Lecanium scale is actually a type of small insect, and there are several types of this pest. They like to invade plants and trees that produce sap such as birch, oak, dogwood, maple, and fruit trees. In other words, they may end up infesting pretty much any kind of tree, even some evergreen trees.

Typical signs of this include leaves wilting and a sticky substance that the scale puts out. This sticky substance can accumulate and become a haven for mold. As this builds up, it begins to block light and air that is needed for photosynthesis to occur. Scale starts to develop during the winter and then feeds during the summer. They spread to other trees as the leaves begin to fall.

To control these invasions, it’s best to be proactive and keep inspecting plants and trees for any signs. These are best killed with chemical treatments applied by a professional who is licensed to use them.

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