Houston, like most of the country, has experienced a milder winter than in years past. While this might be great for people who don’t enjoy cold weather, it’s not necessarily the best situation for our landscapes, lawns, or trees. They use the cooler winter months to enter their dormant season and recover from the grueling spring and summer growing periods. In today’s blog post, we look at the many ways Houston’s mild winter has impacted commercial properties, and how LMC can help promote property health before spring arrives.
A milder winter and shorter dormant season has the most impact on trees throughout the Houston area. For example, trees need to replenish depleted energy resources that have been spent on the busy spring and summer months, but a shorter dormant season means spring growth may begin much earlier. Trees might face unnecessary stress and not grow to their full potential, or might be more vulnerable to harsh weather conditions. Before spring arrives, it may be beneficial to have Certified Arborists inspect trees to handle any issues that could further diminish tree health, or to perform proactive services that can help trees thrive even with an earlier spring, such as Tree Pruning, Soil Aeration, or Deep Root Fertilization.
Increased Irrigation needs
Another result that comes with a milder winter and earlier growth season is that properties will need to increase their irrigation needs. Trees and lawns will need more water and soil nutrients to help them as they begin growing much earlier than before, otherwise they could face poor growth and diminished health. Property owners may need to consider having their irrigation systems tested and possibly upgraded to keep up with property irrigation needs.
Weed And Insect Treatment
One of the most devastating impacts that come with a milder winter is the influx of invasive insects and noxious weeds on commercial properties. Normally cold temperatures kill off most of the insects and bugs that might normally attack trees, plants, and lawns, but a warmer winter may mean their populations grow instead of shrink. Noxious and invasive weeds may also have a greater negative impact on property health because of the warmer winter. To combat insect and weed threats, property owners should have properties proactively treated for weed growth and insects to prevent property damage and promote property health.
LMC is pleased to offer Houston area property owners top quality landscape and tree care, all performed by Certified Arborists and Landscape Professionals. The team at LMC handles each project with the utmost professionalism, leading safety standards, and years of expertise and training in all facets of tree and landscape care. Contact LMC today for more information about our Tree Care, Irrigation, or Weed and Insect Treatments, or go online to request a free consultation!