Last week was cold but it was nothing compared to what is headed our way. The long range forecast only has 4 days above freezing over the next 10 days. The projected high temperature over that time is 47 degrees. The projected low..... -7! Yep, that is a negative seven!. If the snow does fall tonight (who knows until it happens) then it will be on the ground for a while. That will set our mulching plans back a bit but don't worry, we will catch up and be ready for seeding and mowing when Spring finally arrives.
Here are a few things to remember about the snow from a landscape perspective:
1. Salt is not good for anything in high concentrations. Grass, plants, pets, hardscapes, even the paint and metal on our vehicles can be hurt by too much salt. You can find lots of salt alternatives listed around the internet but my personal opinion is to spend bit more and get some of the pet safe deicers. Kitty litter also works well for traction but it will not melt the ice.
2. Keep your ornamental trees and shrubs clear of snow as best you can. This storm will be hard since most of the heavy snow will occur over night but get those plants cleared off as soon as you can. The weight of the snow can lead to limb damage and breakage. Also, don't forget about your outdoor heating units. Deep snow around the units can cause poor air flow and freezing.
Hopefully the coming snow will be calm and peaceful. Just enough to give the kids and extra day off school to enjoy a bit of sledding, but not so much that it causes damage or power outages.