Homeowners who are trying to improve their landscape shouldn't overlook landscaping work during the winter.
Although the winter months are largely dormant for plants, shrubs, trees, and other landscaping vegetation, the condition of a lawn and its vegetation can be improved even during the cold season.
The following are seven things that can be done during the winter to improve the condition of your landscape. Consider having these tasks carried out by your landscaping service so that your lawn and garden are ready for spring.
Removing Weeds and Dead Vegetation
The winter months are a great time to clear dead vegetation and other debris out of the yard.
Certain types of weeds are very resistant to cold temperatures and can begin to flourish during the winter when other plants and shrubs are mostly dormant. Keeping winter weeds under control is important to ensure that your flower beds and garden area will be in good shape come spring.
Clearing debris and vegetation in the winter is especially important because springtime often brings with it significant rainfall and moisture accumulation. Damp piles of vegetation can develop mold and mildew growth. They can also attract insect and rodent pests. Homeowners should therefore make sure that they are removed before the spring rains come.
Covering Sensitive Plants
Some delicate plants and bushes may not be able to survive the colder winter temperatures unless they are protected.
Plants can be protected from cold weather by being covered up with tarp or canvas. Alternatively, it may be possible to transplant delicate plants into a greenhouse or indoors.
Watering Evergreen Plants
Some plants that grow year round could benefit from being watered during the winter months. Water is especially important for plants like evergreens. Evergreen trees don't lose their leaves and remain in much the same state during the winter that they are in during the warmer months.
If you're not getting a lot of precipitation in your area this winter, you can water evergreens to ensure that they stay healthy and are ready for the growing season when the spring comes.
Planting Certain Flower Types
Some types of flowers do best when they are planted very early in the year, before spring arrives. Some flowers that are especially known to flourish in winter weather are pansies, English marigolds, and petunias.
Protecting Bushes from Deer and Wildlife
Vegetation in your yard is going to be especially attractive as food for wildlife during the winter months when not much else is growing and food is hard to come by.
Winter foragers like deer can wreak havoc on your landscaping if you’re not careful. You can deal with them by putting up fencing or deer repellents. You may also be able to discourage wildlife from eating smaller plants by wrapping them in burlap so that animals can't get at them.
Pruning Bushes and Grasses
Keeping up on pruning tasks during the winter is important. Some types of plant should ideally be pruned when they are dormant.
Plants like roses, myrtles, and butterfly bushes flower in the summer from new growth. Pruning plants like these during the winter encourages new growth—particularly the growth of flower buds—that will begin as soon as temperatures warm up in the spring.
Planning Out the Landscaping for the Growing Season
The winter months are a convenient time for planning out the landscaping goals you want to achieve during the coming growing season.
You can consider your mostly dormant lawn and garden as a blank canvas that you can begin designing and filling up when spring arrives.
If you're looking for a landscaper to maintain your lawn and garden this winter, contact Landscape Solutions in Louisville with your questions and inquiries.