Planting season is nearly upon us, which means it’s almost time to get some new plants in the ground. And while this may be a drag, we want you to start thinking about winter again.
You see, this is the ideal time to plant salt-resistant and ice-resistant trees, plants, and shrubs.
Doing the hard work of picking these plants now will save you some real headaches later. You’ll have fewer challenges when the snows come around again.
Here are a few resources to help you do just that.
- Winter Salt Injury and Salt-Tolerant Landscape Plants from the University of Wisconsin Extension
- An entire PDF on salt and ice storm resistant trees from the USDA forestry service. You’ll find the list of resistant trees on page 12, as well as a list of trees which are vulnerable.
- A list of the features which make a tree either vulnerable or resistant.
You may even want to think about getting rid of some trees and shrubs which just require more management than they’re worth. After all, we have far more winter months ahead of us than spring and summer months (sad to say).
Of course, if you do decide to keep salt and ice sensitive plants there’s no rule saying you can’t. Many people love them, in spite of the extra steps they’ll need to take to protect them. Just make sure you are aware that those extra steps will be needed in the future. Either way, this is the time to start thinking about it.
It’s also the time to start thinking about a brand new fence. If you live in Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa or anywhere else in the Milwaukee metro area, contact us for a free estimate on your new gazebo, fence, or pergola today.