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The warm days of winter?

By February 14, 2012News

Winter.  Many dislike the ongoing white bleak landscape outside our windows. Here’s the thing; Perennials, shrubs, lawns, and trees NEED a deep snow cover to keep them insulated over the cruel Canadian Winter.

Insulation is vital for root bound plants to maintain their strength and show vibrant growth, produce blooms and to stay warm.  With a winter like we’ve experienced in southern Ontario this year, a continual freeze thaw and above seasonal temperatures there are likely signs in your garden of heaving plants. Those planted during the late fall normally don’t have an opportunity to set roots before the cold season began. In any normal transition from fall to winter, plants go to sleep. This year however, and you may have seen it in your gardens, the ground didn’t really freeze or have any snow cover until late in December.  So a mild fall may have given roots time to grab hold of the surrounding soil. Maybe. We won’t really know until spring.

Bulbs especially need the cold temperatures. It leads to autumn dormancy. Upon receiving the early spring warmth, they convert the built up energy and burst forth with growth and reliable spring blooms.

Those of you who left last years’ plant material in your garden will be looking to remove the refuse in the spring. Be especially careful this year as likely, shoots will have started and be close to, or at, the surface. Rake very gently this year. If you did remove the spent stems, leaves etc from your garden, without mulching may face an abnormal number of plants that will not perform as well as normal this year. How could they? They’ve been shivering all winter being exposed to the elements.

Things to think about this spring:

–          For plants that have heaved due to frequent freeze thaw cycles require special attention. When the soil thaws, gently press the plants down to soil level to ensure roots have contact with the soil. Mulch around these plants with decomposed leaves or a healthy covering of compost. Mulch will help to hold the plant in place.

–          For plants placed in beds late last year: Monitor their growth habits and if they have dies, remove them from your beds.

–          Mulch and Compost are even more essential this year. Be generous with the covering in early spring.

Bulk Material orders are being arranged. Book your delivery of Mulch, Soil, and Decorative stone by clicking on the link below.

The government of Ontario allowed landscaping companies to return to work in Early May. While the industry breathed a collective sigh of relief to once again be able to perform scheduled maintenance and project installations, OHS is remains committed to ongoing safe operating practices. We do not wish to contribute to any resurgence of cases in the areas we work and as such we are focused on operating safely, conscientiously, and carefully within the rules and procedures as established by Public Health Departments in the regions we operate.

We have instituted the following procedures to be sure that the health of our team members and clients are protected.

In order to operate under these circumstances, it is taking us longer to get to scheduled and new projects. We apologize for any delay, but with these necessary changes to our procedures, we feel that working safely until restrictions are lifted and life returns to normal is our best defense.

A single positive case within our group will result in stringent self monitoring of all and isolation if deemed necessary by Public Health

We monitor temperature, symptoms and advise any team member to stay home if they are ill or presenting symptoms,

We allow a maximum of 3 people per vehicle and wear cloth masks to protect one another,

We maintain physical distancing between workers and clients while on site,

We strive to disinfect our equipment at the start of service at any property,

We wear cloth masks or facial coverings when working on your property if we are unable to maintain safe physical distancing protocols,

We place lawn and organic refuse in compostable bags/containers and place it by your curb for pickup. Garbage and non organic refuse is collected safely and left for weekly/biweekly collection at your residence.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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