Protecting Your Garden from Cold Weather

Cold weather can be a silent enemy to your garden, often causing unseen damage to plants, trees, and shrubs. Many gardeners overlook this issue, only to find signs of harm in the spring. Wilting leaves and a sparse canopy might surprise you in an otherwise lush season, and you may notice defoliation weeks after a brief cold spell. The root cause? Water management within the plant.


What Happens to Your Lawn in Winter?

In Virginia, grasses go dormant and have a tan appearance in the winter. Shorter days and colder temperatures typically slow down grass growth and turn the lawn a tan/brown color. This will occur with all grass types, including Tall Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass.

Is lawn dormancy normal?

Lawn dormancy is normal, and we should expect our lawns to be off-color in the winter. By properly preparing our lawns now, we can expect outstanding color and growth in the spring.  


Winter Annuals In Virginia

What Winter Annuals Are In Virginia? 

One would think that during the winter in Virginia, lawns should be weed free and slow to grow. While slow growing is certainly a probability, certain weeds enjoy the colder temperatures and will seem to be persistent throughout the harshness of our winter. It may seem like some weeds are indestructible, but we assure you they are not! Naturally, even when treated with the proper herbicides, the environment can help to preserve these lawn invaders for a bit longer than desired.


What are Ladybugs Doing in My House!

Why Are Ladybugs In My House During the Winter?

Ladybugs tend to seek warmth to hibernate during the cold winter months, entering your house through small cracks along windowsills, doorways, and under clapboards. Ladybugs gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you don’t repair/seal their entranceways, you are more than likely going to see more. They prefer humidity, but homes are usually dry during the winter so if you’ve ever found a dried-up ladybug, it’s because of dehydration.