Don't Let Winter Burn You

We are experiencing a collective exhale after months of winter storms that brought subzero temperatures, continuous wind gusts, freezing rain and – to say the least—piles of snow. As temperatures start to warm, we are left with plants that have been damaged by wind, ice, salt and the frigid polar vortex.


This past winter will be remembered as an unusually harsh one, and landscapes are starting to tell the story.

Lawns, trees and shrubs take a beating from season to season, from salt damage, insects, rodents and birds, family pets, weeds and thatch. Especially after winters like we’ve had, ice and snow cover—and also snow molds—can lead to matting of the turf, while evergreens and late flowering summer shrubs experience winter drought stress that causes winter burn. We obviously can’t control the weather, but there are steps that you can take to get your customers’ lawns looking lush and green again.

According to Dr. Sharon Douglas, plant pathologist at the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, these methods and preventive measures can help ensure the health of lawns, trees and shrubs fr

1) Select the appropriate site for planting and maintain optimum growth by using proper growing winter injury:

2) Have sufficient moisture in the root zone before the soil freezes—this can be accomplished by giving the shrubs a deep watering before the ground freezes in the fall; mulching also helps to increase moisture retention in the winter.

3) Prune and remove any dead twigs or branches which can serve as sites for secondary invaders or opportunistic pests.

4) Provide physical protection from water loss and drying winds- this is especially important for new transplants or plants in exposed locations; burlap wraps and sprays of anti-transpirant can be used.

Tech Terra’s Plant Health Care Systems focus on solving problems, not just treating symptoms. These programs are easy to implement, increase your profits and improve results. The focus is to improve the vigor of your clients’ turf and landscapes in order to improve the plants’ ability to ward off insects and diseases and deal better with drought. The judicious use of pesticides provides better control when plants are under less stress.

Conventional programs place the emphasis on cosmetic appearance with little concern for plant health. This approach relies heavily on regular applications of pesticides, which only treat the symptom and end up costing you more money. Tech Terra has a better way.

Our fertilizers do more than just provide nutrients. Clarus PRO Screamin Green is high in organic matter that is biologically active. It activates hormones and enzymes that strengthen the plants’ own defense systems. ICT Organics 1-2-3 for turf and trees increases the biological activity in soils, which strengthens root systems. Other products such as ICT Organics NPP and Regalia PTO will strengthen cell walls and improve resistance to diseases. Use ICT Organics Essential-1 or Grandevo PTO to safely control insects and mites. Desikote is a product with many benefits. It can be used as an anti-desiccant when planting trees or laying sod. It works well to reduce winter burn on susceptible evergreens.

Take advantage of a clean slate this year—  With Tech Terra’s environmentally sound products and customizable Plant Health Care Systems, you will not only help recover your customers’ winter-damaged lawn, but also build a loyal customer base that shops based on value and relationship—not on price.