Snow and cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end for your gorgeous yard. Here are some tips for keeping your landscaping looking great in the winter!
Winter Landscaping Tip #1 Opt for four-season perennials. Perennials with evergreen foliage will stay colorful all year long. The contrast of the color against the snow adds life and beauty to your landscape during a time of year where most other plant life has come to a halt.
Winter Landscaping Tip #2 Re-use summer planters. Fill hanging baskets and window boxes with evergreens like Andromeda, rhododendron, and holly – these are great wintertime plants that will also help add some color to your home’s exterior.
Winter Landscaping Tip #3 Don’t avoid watering. Cold weather usually has us neglecting our yard and taking a season-long break from keeping up the landscape. But don’t fall into this bad habit! Grass and shrubs should still be watered when the weather is cold and dry. However, it’s best to water on days that are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit in order to avoid freezing.
Winter Landscaping Tip #4 Keep your grass short. Make sure your grass is cut to about 1-2” tall – no higher. Tall grass will be at risk for frostbite and snow mold, and will attract pests who are looking for a place to keep warm.
Winter Landscaping Tip #5 Focus on Bark. Trees that have high-textured bark like dogwood and birch are perfect for winter landscaping. Crabapples are also great trees for winter, as they retain their fruit through the cold weather.
Winter Landscaping Tip #6 Light up your exterior. If you’re one of those homeowners that competes for the best and brightest holiday-themed landscape, let your creative juices flow! If you’re not into all that, it’s still a good idea to add some outdoor lighting to walkways and gardens to give your landscape a more lively look – this can really improve the look of your landscape during the otherwise dull months of winter.
Winter Landscaping Tip #7 Prepare for Spring. When the winter is coming to a close, it’s a great practice to prune shrubs and trees, remove leaves and other debris, and plant bulbs for spring.