Landscaping is not reserved for spring and summer. There is a whole list of landscaping duties and many landscaping options for winter. Snowfall and icy textures bring a different element to our outdoor space. Although the weather may say -30, however, there is something about winter that gives you warmth inside. Sentimental or not, winter should never hold you back from enjoying the outdoors and prevent landscaping projects. You just need to work with the elements of nature and bring aesthetics to a new level. From preparing your lawn to planting winter trees, the possibilities are endless. Therefore, we say yes! Landscaping in the winter is possible.
Preparing your lawn is essential to ensure a healthy lawn come spring. Avoiding problematic issues such as snow mold and crown hydration is simple and can be addressed as early as fall. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn before the first snowfall are just a few examples. Adding mulch to soil beds can serve as a nutrient source as it decomposes. Protecting fruit trees, shrubs, and other plants with fabric covers can help prevent frost damage. Additional elements, such as patio furniture, should be covered or placed in an area where the harsh weather will not come into contact.
Besides protecting your lawn and greenery, winterizing your sprinkler system should be next on your to-do list. Bursting pipes are more common than you think. Unless you are handy with water pipes, it is always best to consult with a professional and have them do it for you.
Stock up on de-icing salt and de-icing agents. There are many varieties of de-icing salts to choose from, which will not disturb the health of your lawn or plants/greenery and is safe to use for patio, terraces, walkways, and driveways. Be sure to ask your landscaping professional at FSI Landscape Supply to guide you in the direction that is best suited for your landscaping needs.
There are many trees fit for a picturesque winter scene. Planting ahead of time to ensure a full landscaped lawn is smart thinking. The ground can be cool but, of course, not completely frozen. You will not get too far with trying to plant on a frozen solid foundation. Birch trees, dogwoods, evergreens, crabapple trees, spruce, and winterberry holly are great examples of trees that dress up your landscape during the winter months. They may not be abundant with leaves; however, still very aesthetic.
Additional landscaping elements
Hardscaping elements such as rock formations or garden sculptures add dimension and character to any landscape. Lighting can give some warmth and dimension while highlighting certain architectural or landscaped features. In addition, bring out your creativity and dress your pots, hanging baskets, and summer décor with winter designs. Example: a wheel barrel with chopped wood gives your lawn some whimsical charm.
Although landscaping may not be in full effect during the winter months, it is still possible to add design elements. Preparing for winter will also keep you quite busy.
Enjoy landscaping no matter the season!