Winter landscaping tips
Winter is one of the most testing seasons for any property manager. This cold period literally gives a lot of people cold feet about landscaping. The general perception is that winter is not a season for any landscaping activity. After all most plants are at rest. In addition, in the cold season, bright colors dissipate, leaving a dull and unattractive palette. This makes this period a nightmare, even for the most accomplished landscaper. However, it is not all doom and gloom! In fact, there are quite a few things you can do to set yourself up for success. So here are a few winter landscaping tips to help keep your yard looking pristine.
Know your area
Firstly, it is essential that you know your area quite well. You need to understand the weather patterns in your area as best as you can. Although, the weather is quite unpredictable, especially in the modern era of global warming. You can frequently get weather predictions with the meteorological department. Moreover, you should undertake some substantial research into the type of plants that would thrive in under the winter weather conditions in your area.
Another mistake that many people make is to assume that there is no need to water their gardens in winter. However, even when the weather gets cold you should continue maintaining your landscape features. As such, you must continue watering your bushes, flowers, shrubs, as well as lawns. Plants and gardens that are not watered are susceptible to disease.
Simple maintenance such as raking leaves and removing debris is quite important. It is easy for fungus and mold to develop and affect your entire garden if it is not maintained well. Also, prevent frostbite to your lawns and grass by keep it cut to really short levels throughout winter.
Keep an eye on young trees
You must also protect the younger trees in your front yard or garden. Young trees, as well as thin-barked trees, are easily susceptible to frostbite. Make use of light wrapping to protect the young trees from both frost and sun scald.
Insulate your garden
Another excellent way to look after your garden in the cold weather is to use mulch. Mulch is a great insulator that can help protect your plant’s roots in the cold weather. Leaves make an excellent and organic mulch that will do wonders for your garden.
Make use of evergreens
One ingenious way to add color to dull gardens during winter is to use evergreens. Moreover, evergreens are not just available in green, but they are also available in shades of yellow, as well as blue. In addition, evergreens can be used throughout the year. Another excellent feature of evergreens can be used as focal points.
Winter also gives you a great opportunity to divert attention from the natural elements and concentrate of some man-made features. Sometimes the solution to enhancing your winter landscape requires the addition of a hardscape. Some of the elements you can consider adding include benches, or sculptures.
Winter blooming flowers
Finally, you should consider adding some winter blooming flowers to your landscape. However, your choice of flowers must be carefully thought out. Consult with a professional horticulturist to ascertain winter blooming flowers that thrive in your latitude.