When you put North Carolina up against places like Upstate New York and Minnesota, the winters would generally be considered relatively mild. For the most part, the temperatures don’t drop below the 20s but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t HOA maintenance that doesn’t need to be done. Shrubs and trees do need to be protected from those impending cold spells as well as sun scald, wind, frost heaving, salt damage and winter wildlife.
For some homeowner’s associations, salt damage can be particularly hard to deal with because there are always a few residents that get heavy handed with the deicer products. And those products have a tendency to create a saline runoff that has the potential to damage foliage. There is also the issue of road traffic generated salt spray to deal with as that may damage foliage too.
One way to handle such problematic situations is to insist that residents and HOA maintenance workers use products that contain potassium chloride or magnesium chloride instead of sodium chloride. They tend to be a lot kinder on both plants and hardscapes. Temporarily covering the trees and shrubs with burlap or tepees may help with deicer, sleet, wind, sun scald and snow related problems as well.
In homeowner’s association areas where sun scald and foraging wildlife may pose problems, other protective barriers may be helpful. For example, commercial tree wrap may stave off sun damage and mesh hardware cloth has the potential to do the same as far as large, hungry critters are concerned. Some residents also like to utilize commercial animal repellants too, although they often require frequent reapplication.
To learn more about protecting trees and shrubs from the winter weather, please contact us. We have more than 28 years landscaping experience and can help you with your HOA maintenance needs year round.