This unusual warm and dry winter has many people wondering how that will impact their garden, shrubs, lawn and trees come spring. John Fech is a University of Nebraska Extension Educator for Douglas and Sarpy Counties specializes in lawn and gardens and says there isn’t much you can do about your trees and shrubs right now.
He says the larger and the “woodier” the plant is, the less you can do to modify and protect the plant.
Fesh says for perennials and ground covers, using wood chip mulch can help. Those wanting to work on the lawn now, Fesh advises not to. He says leave the mower in the shed and don’t fertilize now. He says you will be doing your lawn a favor by staying off the grass during the winter months.
For those with blue grass, Fesh says it is a hearty turf and you shouldn’t have any problems. It handles fluctuations in temperatures well. However, he says tall fescue, which is also very popular in this region, isn’t quite as hearty during sudden fluctuations in winter weather conditions.