Winter Landscaping Tips
The coldest months of the year are upon us. Plants are at rest and their bright colors have grown dull, leaving a palette of white and gray. Prepare your landscape to bear the remaining weeks of winter so they thrive in the spring with these helpful tips.
Trim and Prune
Shrubs and hedges tend to leaf out more quickly in the spring if you do hard pruning this time of year. Tree branches damaged by winter weather are more prone to insect and disease infestations. However, proper care can help trees repair themselves. To help prevent damage to trees from heavy snow in the winter, brush snow from weighted down branches.
Clean up and protect
Be sure to rid debris and leaves from your lawn over the winter. Not doing so can smother grass, create disease conditions, and invite insects, mice, and other damaging pests. Piling snow on grass for long periods of time can also damage it, and snow piles may starve nearby plants of oxygen. Prompt removal of snow from sensitive growing areas like flower beds. Adding mulch around trees, plants and shrubs can also add extra protection in winter. Mulching controls erosion and loss of water. A 2-inch layer of mulch will reduce water loss and help maintain uniform soil temperature around roots.
Leave the berries
Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto during fall and winter. They can provide food for birds overwintering in your area. Berries also make a great addition to the winter landscape and contrast beautifully against green foliage.
Evergreens are an essential for your winter landscape. They come in vibrant shades of green and even gold. Dare we say they look even better with a dusting of snow on top?
Rely on your hardscape
Winter is a good time to critically assess your landscape and figure out whether you have any missing focal points. The solution to enhancing your winter landscaping might not be a plant at all. Rather fill a space with a trellis, bench, arbor or even a garden sculpture.