top of page
  • Paul Garcia

How to Prepare Your Landscape for the Winter in Mesa AZ

Updated: Dec 28, 2023


fall season in mesa arizona
ready for mesa arizona fall

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, you might be wondering how to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful during the winter months. Whether you have a lush lawn, a colorful flower bed, or a productive vegetable garden, there are some steps you can take to protect your plants and soil from the cold and dry weather. Here are some tips from the experts at Happy Tree Landscaping.

  1. Monitor your watering schedule. Even though Mesa does not experience freezing temperatures, it is still important to adjust your irrigation system according to the season. You can reduce the amount of water you use in your landscape during the cooler months, as the plants need less water and the evaporation rate is lower. Check the soil moisture regularly and water only when needed. You can also install a smart controller that automatically adjusts the watering schedule based on the weather conditions.

  2. Prevent future weeds. One of the benefits of living in Mesa is that you can enjoy green grass all year round, as long as you overseed your warm-season grass with a cool-season variety in the fall. However, this also means that you have to deal with weeds that can compete with your lawn for water and nutrients. To prevent weeds from taking over your lawn, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide in late October or early November, before the weed seeds germinate. You can also hand-pull any weeds that appear or use a post-emergent herbicide that is safe for your grass type.

  3. Keep your landscape fertilized. Fertilizing your landscape in the fall can help your plants store more nutrients and energy for the winter, as well as promote root growth and disease resistance. You can use a balanced fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, or a specialized fertilizer for specific plants, such as roses, citrus, or palms. Follow the instructions on the label and apply the fertilizer evenly and lightly. Avoid fertilizing too late in the season, as this can stimulate new growth that is vulnerable to frost damage.

  4. Finish any fall planting projects. Fall is a great time to plant new trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables in your landscape, as the soil is still warm and the plants have more time to establish their roots before the summer heat. Some of the best plants to grow in Mesa in the fall include kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, radishes, garlic, onions, pansies, petunias, snapdragons, marigolds, roses, bougainvillea, lantana, oleander, and hibiscus. Make sure to choose plants that are suitable for your soil type, sun exposure, and water needs.

  5. Schedule a tree care consultation for your trees. Trees are valuable assets for your landscape, as they provide shade, beauty, privacy, and wildlife habitat. However, they also require regular maintenance to keep them healthy and safe. Fall is a good time to inspect your trees for any signs of damage, disease, or pest infestation, and to prune any dead, diseased, or broken branches. You can also mulch around the base of your trees to conserve moisture, regulate temperature, and prevent weeds. If you are not sure how to care for your trees, you can contact a professional arborist who can assess the condition of your trees and recommend the best course of action.

By following these tips, you can prepare your landscape for the winter and ensure that it will thrive in the spring. If you need any help with your landscaping needs, you can rely on the experienced and reliable landscapers in Mesa who can offer you a wide range of services, from design and installation to maintenance and repair. Contact Happy Tree Landscaping today and get a free estimate for your project. You can also check out our website for more information and testimonials from our satisfied customers.

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, you might be wondering how to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful during the winter months. Whether you have a lush lawn, a colorful flower bed, or a productive vegetable garden, there are some steps you can take to protect your plants and soil from the cold and dry weather. Here are some tips from the experts at Happy Tree landscaping.

  1. Monitor your watering schedule. Even though Mesa does not experience freezing temperatures, it is still important to adjust your irrigation system according to the season. You can reduce the amount of water you use in your landscape during the cooler months, as the plants need less water and the evaporation rate is lower. Check the soil moisture regularly and water only when needed. You can also install a smart controller that automatically adjusts the watering schedule based on the weather conditions.

  2. Prevent future weeds. One of the benefits of living in Mesa is that you can enjoy green grass all year round, as long as you overseed your warm-season grass with a cool-season variety in the fall. However, this also means that you have to deal with weeds that can compete with your lawn for water and nutrients. To prevent weeds from taking over your lawn, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide in late October or early November, before the weed seeds germinate. You can also hand-pull any weeds that appear or use a post-emergent herbicide that is safe for your grass type.

  3. Keep your landscape fertilized. Fertilizing your landscape in the fall can help your plants store more nutrients and energy for the winter, as well as promote root growth and disease resistance. You can use a balanced fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, or a specialized fertilizer for specific plants, such as roses, citrus, or palms. Follow the instructions on the label and apply the fertilizer evenly and lightly. Avoid fertilizing too late in the season, as this can stimulate new growth that is vulnerable to frost damage.

  4. Finish any fall planting projects. Fall is a great time to plant new trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables in your landscape, as the soil is still warm and the plants have more time to establish their roots before the summer heat. Some of the best plants to grow in Mesa in the fall include kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, radishes, garlic, onions, pansies, petunias, snapdragons, marigolds, roses, bougainvillea, lantana, oleander, and hibiscus. Make sure to choose plants that are suitable for your soil type, sun exposure, and water needs.

  5. Schedule a tree care consultation for your trees. Trees are valuable assets for your landscape, as they provide shade, beauty, privacy, and wildlife habitat. However, they also require regular maintenance to keep them healthy and safe. Fall is a good time to inspect your trees for any signs of damage, disease, or pest infestation, and to prune any dead, diseased, or broken branches. You can also mulch around the base of your trees to conserve moisture, regulate temperature, and prevent weeds. If you are not sure how to care for your trees, you can contact a professional arborist who can assess the condition of your trees and recommend the best course of action.

By following these tips, you can prepare your landscape for the winter and ensure that it will thrive in the spring. If you need any help with your landscaping needs, you can rely on the experienced and reliable landscapers in Mesa who can offer you a wide range of services, from design and installation to maintenance and repair. Contact Happy Tree Landscaping today and get a free estimate for your project. You can also check out our website for more information and testimonials our satisfied customers.

10 views0 comments

Comentarios


bottom of page