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The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

Mosquitos are some of nature’s most prolific pests. They can turn a pleasant afternoon outside into an itchy bloodbath. Even worse, mosquitos may be spreading threatening diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and West Nile virus. According to the CDC, “West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.” So controlling mosquitoes in your yard and living space isn’t just smart–it’s healthier too. What are the best methods, then, for mosquito control? 

5 Options for Mosquito Control for Your Yard

  1. Personal Repellant Spray. Utilizing a personal repellant spray containing DEET is proven to be effective at reducing bug bites of many varieties, including from mosquitoes. It’s recommended that you spray exposed skin anytime you plan to spend time outdoors when mosquitoes have been observed. Drawbacks to bug spray include the smell and consistency, and remembering to use your bug spray every time you are in your yard. Beware of bracelets or patches, as they aren’t as effective as a spray or lotion. 
  2. Fans. Did you know there’s a chemical-free way to repel mosquitoes in your yard? Mosquitoes are very weak fliers, which means a strong breeze is usually enough to blow them off course. An outdoor fan can not only cool you off–it can also blow mosquitoes away from you. Try parking a box fan at ankle-to-knee level when you’re enjoying an evening outside, and you’ll prevent pesky mosquito bites 
  3. Aromatics. Certain scents are proven to repel mosquitoes. Citronella candles, tiki torches, and any fire generating smoke will usually repel mosquitos in a small radius. You can also plant aromatics in your yard and garden to deter mosquitoes from the area for natural mosquito control. Plants you can try are basil, lavender, peppermint, lemon balm, sage, or rosemary. Burn the leaves for an even more effective mosquito repellant. 
  4. Butane Devices. There are various lanterns and handheld devices which use fuel and battery power to warm and diffuse repellant. The radius of protection varies, and you will have to continually refill or recharge to maintain mosquito control, which can be tedious and expensive, but this can be a great passive or mobile option. Try to avoid bug “zappers” or attractive lights, since they can kill or repel good insects necessary for pollination. 
  5. Suppressant Spray. A professional pest control treatment is the most effective way to control mosquitoes in your yard. Suppressant mosquito spray is a more potent combination of repellent chemicals than you use in bug spray, and can even kill mosquitoes on contact and future prevention. Depending on the pest control service, you can see up to 12 weeks of mosquito control (your whole summer!). 

If mosquitoes are already threatening to ruin your summer, don’t waste any more money on candles or grocery store yard sprays. It’s time to enlist professional pest control to keep your family comfortable and safe all summer long. Call today to talk to one of our experts and to get a free quote for our pest control services

Lawn Care & Gardening: What Not To Grow in Utah?

What Not To Grow in Utah

Growing a garden is a labor of love. It takes careful planning, daily dedication, and even investigative problem-solving. The results are rewarding–and delicious. But after all the time and attention you invest in your garden, it can be incredibly disheartening to find that your plants aren’t growing. You may need to adjust your watering schedule or find soil additives that can boost your plant growth. Some plants, though, simply aren’t going to flourish in our beautiful desert mountain climate. 

We can help you manage your lawn and weed control, but today we’re going to share what we’ve learned about successful yards and gardens so that you can plan mindfully and avoid problems before they start. 

What Not to Grow in Utah

Utah has a unique climate that is dry and hot but with the threat of cold and even snow in the early spring. Depending on your area of the state, your soil may feature differing pH levels, but most of Utah features alkaline soils. There is a wide range of plants, fruits, and vegetables that thrive in Utah gardens and yards. 

Unfortunately, not everything is going to grow successfully here. Of course, Utah isn’t known for citrus fruits, since we simply don’t have the warm and humid climate necessary for year-round growth. If your heart is set on a lemon or orange tree, you may be able to keep it alive with indoor/outdoor gardening and careful maintenance, but understand the burden you’ll be undertaking. Avoid planting new trees and vegetable plants in an area with deer and local wildlife unless you have a sturdy, impenetrable fence as these animals can rapidly destroy a well-cultivated garden. 

Invasive Spreading Plants

Some plants may be desirable due to their appearance, or that they’re a low maintenance option in our dry climate. However, you need to be careful about the plants you introduce to your garden or yard. Invasive plants will proliferate, filling the designated space and then some. Invasive plants can completely take over your garden and even steal the necessary resources (sunlight, water, and soil nutrients) from other plants. Sometimes these plants are marketed as “fast-growing,” which can seem appealing to those looking for shade and luscious foliage quickly, but the plants can crowd out other plant life and even threaten fragile ecosystems. Examples of invasive plants Utahns experience are: 

  • English Ivy
  • Chinese wisteria
  • Bamboo
  • Scotch broom shrubs
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Princess trees
  • Russian olive trees

A Good Rule of Green Thumb

If you are unsure of what to plant in your Utah yard or garden, head to your local nursery. Generally, a nursery will only sell plants that can succeed in the local area. Talk to a gardening expert about your yard, hours of sunlight, wind protection, soil, drainage, and desired level of effort. Your local nursery will have the best guidance for planning, planting, and nurturing a garden that meets your needs and desires. 

A healthy yard and garden free from destructive pests and choking weeds is a critical foundation for any home gardener. All Green Pest Control can help you manage your lawn fertilization and weed control to strengthen your yard and garden this summer. 

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

It’s essential to keep your lawn mowed and trimmed so that your home looks well taken care of. Keeping your grass mowed and the edges trimmed also keeps it lush, leaving you with a green lawn year-round. When it comes to doing edge work, you’ll have to pick between a trimmer or an edger. 

The following information can help you determine which is best for your lawn. 

The Right Tools for the Right Job

Some people by a trimmer and try to use it as an edger in hopes of creating a clean edge where their lawn meets a sidewalk, path, or driveway. Depending on your tool, you can even reposition your trimmer’s head to make it easier to edge. However, these tools serve separate purposes; although a trimmer is good for maintaining edges, a dedicated edger does an excellent job at creating edges. 

Find out more about the differences between trimmers and edgers in today’s blog. 

When Should I Use a Trimmer?

Trimmers are perfect for cutting around obstacles, such as walls, light posts, and other areas your lawnmower can’t squeeze into. If your tool’s head is repositionable, you can use it to maintain your lawn’s edges. Use a trimmer every time you mow your lawn to finish off areas your mower can’t reach and to trim the grass around your edges for a clean-cut look. 

Although there are different types of trimmers, we recommend you use a classic, string one. String trimmers use a string to cut grass, and you should only use them to maintain your lawn because they are more of a hassle to use when it comes to creating fresh edges. 

It’s important to note that some string trimmers run on electricity, so you’ll need to buy an extension cord if you choose to go this route. 

When Should I Use an Edger?

Most edgers come with a vertical spinning, metal blade that can cut through thick grass and roots. Since these tools are more heavy-duty than trimmers, they’re bigger and designed to be more stable on the ground. 

We recommend you go with a light-weight stick edger, which is the same size as a string trimmer; however, it’s more powerful. Using this tool will give you a straighter line, and you’ll get the job done faster. This tool works best for creating new edges on your lawn. 

If you select an edger, you should edge your lawn once a month, as long as the soil is dry. This tool digs deeper than a trimmer, which can create a separation between your lawn and concrete. 

Need to Upkeep Your Lawn? All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know which tools to use to maintain your lawn, you can keep it looking luscious. But what if you don’t have the time to upkeep it? All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn care and pest control so that we can take care of your lawn. 

We’re a licensed, professional company that is dedicated to providing a positive experience for our customers. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Reach out to us for a free quote

Best Vegetables to Plant

Best Vegetables to Plant

Growing your own vegetable garden is an exercise that balances indulgence and practicality. Not only will you have the fixings for a salad right outside your door when you grow your own vegetables, but you’ll also be getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of growing your own vegetable garden. 

Why Should I Grow a Vegetable Garden?

For starters, it’s much healthier to grow your own food because you’ll be fully aware of what has gone into your crop. Sadly, many people are intimidated to take on this project, but starting a garden is easy if you select the right crops. Best of all, many crops yield a delicious product and don’t require too much work. 

We compiled a list of the easiest vegetables to grow to motivate you to begin your gardening journey. Consider planting the following three vegetables.

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is a cool weather plant that’s perfect for growing in the early spring or fall. You can grow several lettuce types, including leaf lettuce or head lettuce, such as Romaine and Iceberg. If you live in a colder region, you’ll be pleased to learn that lettuce seedlings can handle frost, and they do well as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. 

Not only is lettuce a staple vegetable, but it’s also accessible. You can buy lettuce seeds at your local grocery store, or you can pick up lettuce plants at your local nursery. 

2. Green Beans

Green beans are an easy plant to grow with an abundant harvest. There are various types of green beans, such as half runners and bush beans. Half runners are tender beans that pair well with most meals, but they run along a vine, so you’ll need a spacious backyard to accommodate them. Furthermore, these beans have strings, so you’ll need to string them before you can enjoy them. 

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance green bean plant, then bush beans may be right for you. You can just walk along your row of green beans and pull them directly off the bush, no strings attached! You’ll need to plant your bush beans in well-drained soil and ensure they receive direct sunlight. Remember to place a thick layer of compost over your rows. Once you go over your rows with a rake and cover your seeds with compost, you’ll have tiny green bean plants sprouting in your garden in weeks. 

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most sought-after vegetables year-round. Nothing compares to the rich, juicy taste of a homegrown tomato! Tomatoes come in all varieties, from beefsteak tomatoes to yellow tomatoes, to purple Cherokee—the list goes on, and you’re sure to find one that thrills your taste buds. These vegetables love the heat and hate the cold, so it’s best to grow them in the summer. We recommend you grow yours indoors for the first 4-6 weeks before transporting them outdoors. 

Contact All Green Pest Control

These are just a few vegetable garden ideas, and there are many more you can choose from. Once you start or expand your garden, you’ll need to stay on top of lawn fertilization and pest control so that you can grow the healthiest vegetables possible.

All Green Pest Control can handle those garden pests and provide you with quality lawn fertilization, so you won’t have to spend your days off tending to your garden.

We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Contact us for a free quote. 

Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Summer is around the corner, and you’ll probably want to spend your time outdoors to enjoy Utah’s hot temperatures. Fortunately, you can make your garden as colorful, vibrant, and lush as your springtime landscape.

Find out which plants can beat the heat. 

Not All Plants Are Heat Tolerant

Most plants depend on transpiration (water loss due to evaporation) to remain cool; this is why it’s essential to water your plants multiple times a day when it’s hot. If your plants can’t cool down, most of their cellular membranes and proteins may die out. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have time to water your plants frequently, so we recommend you stick to heat-tolerant ones.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss four different plants that can handle scorching weather and make your garden stand out.

1. Lantanas

Lantanas are native to the tropics, so they love hot and humid weather. These plants grow best in well-drained, moist soil, but they can withstand a drought. Not only do they thrive in the sun, but they bloom year-round in clusters of red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. These flowers are perfect for plating around the perimeters of vegetable gardens because hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies won’t damage them. We recommend you place them next to plants that need pollination, such as melons and squash. 

2. Cosmos

Cosmos are tall, beautiful annuals native to Mexico, so they’re familiar with excessive heat and drought. If you want to add more color to your space and not have to worry about maintenance, you can’t go wrong with cosmos. Consider planting them if you have a desert garden with low soil levels. You may be surprised to learn this, but fertile soil can weaken these plants, making them floppy. We recommend you plant these in flower beds you haven’t used in a while. 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are usually at the top of every ideal warm-weather flower list, and for a good reason: they’re a classic container and bedding plant. These plants are popular because they’re easy to grow, come in cheerful orange and yellow tones, and flourish in the summer. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil and in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Remember to water them at the root and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.

4. Salvias

Salvias, also known as sages, are long-blooming plants that are simple to grow and are low-maintenance. These plants hail from Mediterranean countries, so they’re heat-tolerant and fine with minimal summer watering. You’ll also be pleased to learn they’re deer-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about hungry fawn approaching them. The most radiant salvias contain masses of blue or purple flowers that can bloom all summer long and attract pollinators. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know some of the plants that love the sun, you can start preparing your garden for the summer. You’ll need to practice lawn care and pest control to get the most out of your garden. All Green Pest Control can do the work for you, as we’re experts at weeding, fertilizing, seeding, trimming, pest control, and more. We serve Provo and all areas along the Wasatch Front. Request a quote today

Can You Make Fertilizer For Your Lawn?

Can You Make Fertilizer?

Organic gardening plays a critical role in both our physical wellbeing and the environment’s health. There’s a variety of all-natural fertilizers you can use in your garden or with potting soil. Best of all, you can make some of these fertilizers at home with everyday household items from your backyard or pantry. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of DIY fertilizer.

Healthy Plants Sprout from Healthy Soil

Well-fed plants blossom faster and healthier than those without fertilizer. Since most people don’t make fertilizer, they resort to buying it at the store. Although this is convenient, store-bought ones typically contain chemicals that are harmful to your crops, and they’re not environmentally friendly. 

Furthermore, fertilizer can be pricey, and you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money when you can make your own. In today’s blog, we’ll teach you five ways to make fertilizer that won’t break the bank.

1. Grass Clippings

If you boast an organic lawn, you can collect your grass clippings to use as fertilizer. All you need is an inch of clippings to reap the benefits of a quality weed-blocking mulch. Moreover, it’s rich in nitrogen, which is an essential plant nutrient. 

2. Kitchen Scraps

Give your kitchen and garden scraps a second life and use them as compost. Because compost releases nutrients slowly, your garden will be able to go approximately two years without fertilizer reapplication. Additionally, it helps soil retain moisture, which is crucial for vegetables to thrive during dry summers. 

3. Tree Leaves

Instead of bagging your fall leaves and putting them out on your curb, you can collect them for your garden. Leaves contain trace minerals, so they attract earthworms, retain moisture, and make heavy soils lighter. 

You can mix leaves into your potting soil, or use them as a mulch to keep weeds at bay and fertilize your plants. 

4. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds make an excellent fertilizer because several types of plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and roses, thrive in acidic soil. You can sprinkle the used grounds over the surface of the soil, or you can pour a few tablespoons of coffee onto your plants. Soak up to five cups of used coffee grounds for up to a week to make garden coffee. 

5. Eggshells

If you’ve ever used lime on your plants, you’re probably aware of its benefits. Lime can lower your soil’s acidity, which is ideal for plants that don’t need much acid. Furthermore, it provides them with calcium, which is an essential nutrient. 

You can buy lime as an all-natural fertilizer at your local garden center, but if you’d rather save money, consider using eggshells as an alternative. Simply wash out your eggshells and crush them over your plants. It turns out; they’re 93% calcium carbonate, which is the scientific name for lime. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Do you need a break from caring for your lawn? Although making fertilizer is feasible, you may not have the time to tend to your plants. All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn fertilization, and we’d love to help your lawn reach peak growth and performance. Contact us today for a free quote.

Termite Removal: What Does It Entail?

Termite Removal: What Does It Entail?

Termites are as small as ants, but when they work together, they’re responsible for over $1 billion in structural damage each year in the United States alone. Not only do these pests cause cosmetic damage to your home’s interior, but they also feast on its structure. Termites love to dine on floor joints, support beams, and ceiling joints. Though your home’s structure is nourishing for termites, the damage termites leave your home with isn’t healthy. 

Because termites do all their dirty work in the dark, it’s difficult to stop them in their tracks. Keep reading to find out how you can remove termites from your home.

Identifying Termites

Termites and flying ants look nearly identical, and without close inspection, you might mix the two up. To effectively treat your home’s infestation, you must identify which pest you’re dealing with because a poison that debilitates flying ants won’t have the same effect on termites. Some differences between ants and termites are: 


  • Have a ribbed abdomen that’s continuous with no visible waist
  • Have four vein-filled wings, which are equal in length and twice the length of their abdomen
  • Antennas point straight and are short. 
  • Don’t have eyes. 


  • Have a clearly defined thorax and a constricted abdomen
  • Also, have four wings, but their front pair of wings are larger than their rear pair
  • Antennas are slanted

As you can see, there are some differences between ants and termites; however, spotting termites is challenging. A better way to identify termites is to inspect your home’s damage. Termites are infamous for building mud tubes, which are underground mud structures that connect the ground to your house, garage, or other wooden structure. 

Signs of Termite Infestation

You’ll know termites have invited themselves into your home if you begin to notice discarded termite wings scattered around. Discarded wings are a significant sign of termite invasion, as female termites shed their wings once they find the perfect place to build a new colony. Routinely inspect your wood structures for signs of decay. Solid beams that sound hollow are another indicator of termite infestation. Don’t forget to examine the fuse boxes outside of your home, as termite populations might be hiding there. 

Removing Termites

You shouldn’t attempt DIY termite removal, even if you’re only dealing with a small colony; leave termite removal to the professionals. A professional will treat the soil around your house with an insecticide that works exclusively on termites. An exterminator will also treat your wood directly if termites are populating inside your wooden structures. 

Taking preventative measures against a termite invasion will save you money in the long run. Colonies thrive in a moist atmosphere, so eliminate any damp areas in your home before they become a problem. 

Stop letting termites live in your home rent-free. If you suspect you have a termite invasion, call All Green Pest Control today. Our termite exterminators will handle those pesky termites for you. 

How To Buy Quality Grass Seed?

How To Buy Quality Grass Seed

Remember how luscious and green your front lawn’s grass used to be when you first bought your home? As the years have passed, your grass’s vibrancy has faded away, and now you’re left with brown grass that makes your home look uninviting. If you’re looking to restore life into your front lawn, you should plant grass seed. Planting grass seed is a cost-effective, satisfying way to expand the green space around your home. Best of all, having a properly maintained lawn boosts your home’s curb appeal. Simply by dedicating a bit of time and effort to this home improvement project, you can bring to life a gorgeous expanse of green grass. 

Selecting Quality Seed

Don’t just go for the first seed packet that you find at the supermarket and call it a day, as you’ll need to factor in your region’s climate and growing conditions. Premium, purebred seeds guarantee that your lawn will grow grass that’s water-conserving and drought-resistant. Keep in mind that warm-season lawn grasses are best suited for southern climates and prosper during the summer, and cool-season grasses are reserved for northern and transition zone lawns. 

Timing is Everything

The direct success of your grass seed depends on the time of year that you begin to plant it. Perfect timing ensures that your grass seed will germinate properly and that it remains healthy while new seedlings establish themselves. It’s essential to understand a bit of geography to determine when the best time of year to grow grass seed—but don’t worry, you don’t need to be a geography expert. The optimal time to plant grass seed varies by state. For example, lawns across the northern portion of the United States favor cool-season grasses such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass. 

Early fall is the ideal time in many states to plant grass seed because the ground is hot enough to aid with germination. Moreover, the days tend to be cold and rainy during the fall—a combination that helps to ensure that newly planted seeds don’t dry out. 

Healthy Soil Means Healthy Turf

Optimum soil conditions promote successful seed germination and steady turf growth. Healthy, successful lawns are the result of adequate pH levels in the soil. Lawn grasses sprout best when soil pH levels are between 6.0-7.5. Take accurate soil samples and send those samples to a reputable soil laboratory for testing. A local county extension office can help you attain a soil testing kit and provide you with information on nearby soil testing facilities. Once your results are in, you’ll have accurate information on the state of your soil’s pH and nutrient levels. Labs typically also provide recommendations for changes you can make to your planting process so that you can grow the most vivid lawn possible. 

Lawn care is so much more than simply mowing your lawn. If you want to boast a lawn that all your neighbors will be jealous of, contact All Green Pest Control today for all your lawn care needs. 

How to Dispose of Leaves

How to Dispose of Leaves

Those colorful, autumnal leaves that adorn trees are pleasant to look at. When those leaves fall, they create a pile that’s perfect for the kids to jump in. After a few weeks, those leaves begin to lose their charm, and you’re tired of them blocking your path. Now what? 

Once you rake those leaves into a pile and out of your way, you’ll want to dispose of them. Disposing of leaves isn’t as simple as just throwing them into a trash bag or burning them. Believe it or not, there are town and state ordinances that you have to follow when throwing out leaves. 

Most municipalities have ordinances in place to control leaf burning, bagging, leaf blowing, and leaf vacuuming. For example, one town only allows residents to leaf blow on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Check your town’s website before beginning this everyday chore. Here are some ways in which you can dispose of leaves. 

Blow Leaves Into the Woods

If there are fields or woods behind your home, consider blowing leaves into these natural areas because they’ll decompose and continue the circle of life. This is an efficient way to dispose of leaves because you won’t have to wait for the city’s leaf vacuum to pick them up. Make sure to blow leaves deep into the woods or field so that they don’t blowback onto your property. Otherwise, you’ll be trapped in a frustrating cycle of removing leaves from your backyard.

Bag Your Leaves

You thought disposing of leaves would be effortless, but the reality is that it’s a very particular task that’s dependent on your city’s regulations. Check local laws to see which type of bags are considered legal for leaf bagging. Some services only pick up leaves that are stored in clear plastic bags. Other services won’t even give your leaves a second glance if they are bagged in plastic bags, as some cities prefer leaves in recyclable paper bags. Be sure you know which days your town picks up bagged leaves. You’ll need to invest in a lot of bags, but at least your leaves will be prepared for leaf pick-up or drop-off. Fortunately, several cities in Utah have leaf drop off sites. 

Vacuum Leaves Away

Many towns send leaf vacuum trucks around town each season to vacuum leaves up. Your only job is to pile leaves at the curb as close to pick up dates as possible. Here are a few rules to remember:

  • Don’t block fire hydrants
  • Don’t cover storm drains
  • Don’t park your car near the leaf pile. This will make it more difficult for vacuum trucks to gather leaves, and your vehicle will be covered in leaf dust after collection. Never park your car on top of leaves, as this is a fire hazard. 

Although getting rid of leaves is more involved than you initially anticipated this task to be, once you know your city’s regulations, this task becomes more manageable. Try your best to be eco-friendly when disposing of your leaves. Once those leaves are gone, you probably won’t recognize your lawn anymore.

If you need other lawn care services, contact All Green Pest Control today. 

Which Plants Need To Be Winterized

Which Plants Need To Be Winterized

Plants and trees experience life cycles through seasons, unlike us humans. We need nutrients, water, and rest each day, and our quality of rest helps determine how productive we will be the next day. Plants are very similar to us in that they also require nutrients, water, and rest; most plants sleep in the winter. This is known as a plant’s dormancy period, and their quality of rest will determine their health and productivity for the spring. 

During the winter, you’ll need to winterize your plants. Winterization for plants simply means to make sure your plants are ready for the winter. Pay extra care to your shrubs and trees. Here are some ways to ensure that your shrubs and trees will make it through the winter and blossom to their full potential. 

Preparing for the Big Chill

Trees and shrubs that are healthy year-round are more likely to get through the winter unscathed. A plant that has struggled during its growth, whether due to a lack of sunlight, water or nutrients, or heavy damage from insects or disease will enter winter in a vulnerable state. Start your winterization process during the growing season into the autumn. Do not prune your plants after the midsummer. Pruning stimulates plant growth and delays dormancy. Stop fertilizing your shrubs and trees six weeks before the first frost to help your plants harden off properly. 

Keep watering your plants thoroughly in the fall until the ground begins to freeze. Make sure the water penetrates 12 to 18 inches deep to reach the root zone. Newly planted trees will require more attention because of their limited ability to obtain water in their growing environment. The key to survival for shrubs and trees is giving them adequate moisture before winter freezes the world around them. 

Winter Challenges for Trees and Shrubs

Extreme cold isn’t the only challenge faced by your trees and shrubs as winter can wreak havoc for your plants in numerous ways. Early cold spells can damage plant tissues that haven’t had the chance to harden off for the winter. Frozen soil doesn’t allow plants to take up water to replace the moisture lost from evaporation and transpiration. Deer, rabbits, mice, and other animals love to gnaw bark and browse the leaves and twigs when other food becomes scarce during long, cold winters. Bright winter sun heats up dark tree bark, which can freeze and crack when temperatures drop quickly during the sunset. As you can see, there are far too many risks that your shrubs and trees might face if you do not properly winterize your plants.

Checklist on Winterizing Trees and Shrubs

  • Remove any visible deadwood and make pruning cuts that minimize the exposure of the central heartwood of the branch. 
  • Pluck declining twigs, branches, and bark. 
  • Cut off any sprouts or suckers growing at the tree base or along the stems and branches. 
  • Conserve as many living branches as possible with only a few selective cuts. 
  • Aerate soil if it’s compacted and poorly drained. 
  • Do not damage tree roots in the soil.

Winterizing your lawn is serious work, and you’ll need to be experienced to properly fertilize your lawn—especially with Utah’s winters. Contact All Green Pest Control and our experts will help you with all your lawn care needs and answer all your burning questions.