How to take care of your landscape during winter?

The winter season in New England can feel like a long stretch. Last Halloween, we experienced snow, which is usually uncommon, but it shows how early the weather begins to drop. The cold season tends to hit its peak in January and February so winter can feel like a drag for landscaping, but it is just as important to maintain your yard as you do in all season. Here are some lawn care tips to ensuring your grass.

Yard Cleaning

Fall should be the best time to clean up the yard, but start cleaning up now if you have not done so. Yes, the weather is lower than you want it to be, but you’ll thank yourself. It doesnt become worse during spring when rain is imminent and how your lawn needs to be completely healthy and ready to go. 

Layer up the mulch

The best way to protect your trees, plants, and shrubs is by adding mulch (at least 2 inches) as it maintains a uniform temperature around the roots of the plants, which protects them throughout the winter.

Snow removal

Damaged tree branches or bulk leaves left around the yard can be a disease to your lawn and delay your lawn to grow when spring arrives. Hire a snow contractor to help maintain your yard without having to wait for the snow to melt in April when it is time to start on your landscaping.

Protect your plants

For healthier growth, you should consider pruning your plants in late winter or early spring. Hence, it allows the plants to benefit from producing new growth when the warmer temperature arrives. 

Don’t add too much salt.

Rock salt is used to help melt the snow/ice and add extra support when walking on the sidewalk. However, adding rock salt or other ice melt products can also cause stress and damage to your trees and lawn as the salt absorbs moisture taking away the plants needed nutrition. 

 

 

 

Winter Landscaping Tips You Need To Start Now

When you hear the word landscaping, you’re probably picturing blooming flowers in spring and summer or even the changing colors during autumn, but landscaping is an art form that can be used all year round. Taking a little extra time to plan during the warmer months and then adding some key features as temperatures begin to drop will allow you to have a gorgeous yard even on the coldest days. Try some of these simple tips to start your winter landscaping today!

Repurpose Summer Containers

Finding an adorable flower container for spring and summer is always exciting, so why let it go to waste in the winter? Flower boxes and pots of all types can be repurposed in the winter with some hearty spruces and evergreens. Rhododendron, miniature spruce, and holly are among the most popular winter plants that can go in a smaller container. Not every container can withstand cold temperatures, so double-check the recommended care instructions before leaving your container out to repurpose it!

Utilize Hardscaping

When fewer blooming plants are creating a gorgeous landscape, allow your hardscaping to shine! An arbor, garden statue, trellis, and so many other types of hardscaping materials will look especially gorgeous when they’re the primary focus during the winter months. Look for areas in your landscaping design during spring and summer that need a little more structure, then incorporate hardscaping that you’ll be able to love year-round!

Find Winter Plants That Keep Their Fruit

There are plenty of trees and shrubs that keep their fruit through the winter. A vibrant berry against a snowy white background will create a gorgeous and festive landscape that’s simple yet beautifully unexpected. Crabapple trees and holly berries are the most commonly seen winter fruit plants, but there’s plenty more to choose from depending on your location and how cold the winter gets.

Embrace Evergreens

When designing a new flower bed, plan to put one or two evergreens in a central location. They create a great colorful addition during the warmer months and can stand alone to keep the bed looking vibrant in the winter. Evergreens come in more than just green too! There are yellows, blues, reds, and a variety of green shades to choose from.

Landscaping in the winter takes a little time to get the hang of, but once you get it, your yard will look better than ever! Contact a local landscaping expert for some professional advice if you’re unsure where to start.