Winter Landscaping Tips
August 24, 2017
During the winter months, you should really stop and take a look at your landscape to consider your options. Your landscape probably looks the most bare during winter time, making it the perfect time to decide if you want to make any changes, add a focal point, remove anything that isn’t working out, or add plants and landscape products to empty spaces.
Protecting Plants and Trees
It’s a good time to contact a professional to cut or trim tree branches that are becoming unruly. It’s always safer to prepare for the problem in advance, instead of waiting for a winter storm to bring a tree branch crashing through a window (or any unwanted spot). You can also prune most shrubs and perennials during the winter months to keep them in good shape. Perennials should be trimmed back to soil level.
After a storm, shake snow off of evergreens and keep a look out for broken branches that need to be removed. Too much snow accumulation can damage trees and other plants. If the tree branches are covered with ice, wait for the ice to melt before brushing them off. Ice removal typically causes more damage than it’s worth.
Mulch your plant beds to protect them from winter frost and extreme cold. Avoid mulching around tree and shrub roots, however. Mulch can hold moisture and keep it from getting to the roots, causing tree rot.
Remove plants that blossom annually and can’t handle the winter cold. You can also protect plants from winter weather by driving stakes into the ground surrounding the plants and fastening a wrap of burlap, or plastic, to the stakes to cover the plants.
The ash from wood fireplaces and wood burning heaters make for a good fertilizer in the spring if you save it and sprinkle around plants and trees.
It’s important that your lawn is short when the winter storm hits. If the grass is too long, it can fold over on itself under the pressure of the snow, which may lead to mold and disease. To avoid dead spots in your lawn come spring, be vigilant in keeping the lawn trimmed to prepare for snow fall.
Remove debris to keep the yard healthy and to avoid giving any creatures an unwanted invitation into your landscape for the winter.
You can apply a moisture sealant to your ground to cover and protect it before the first storm hits. If you avoid walking on your lawn after it does freeze it will prevent bare spots from appearing throughout the yard.
What to Plant for Winter
Evergreens are great year round. Consider planting a few. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some, Camellias for instance, blossom in the winter, adding color to your winter landscape. Tall evergreens also act as a wind barrier that can help protect your home during storms.
Berry bushes often keep their fruit during the winter months. A holly bush with berries can really brighten up your outdoor landscape by adding a little color during the winter months. Other plants that help illuminate a snow-covered landscape and tend to survive the winter months include: Winter Jasmine, Japanese Maples, Witch Hazel, and Lenten Roses.