Landscaping & Hardscaping for the Winter

Dec 13, 12 Landscaping & Hardscaping for the Winter

The last thing on many homeowners minds in the dead of December is yard work. After all, who wants to prune scraggly winter weeds in the freezing cold?  But winter months are actually the best time to take on landscaping projects. At this very moment, your lawn probably has last summer’s brown spots and crab grass. Do you really want that to carry over into spring?

Planning your backyard landscaping and front yard landscaping projects in the winter is also a great idea for budget reasons.  By starting in the fall or winter, you are guaranteed to score the very best prices on the bushes and trees to be placed in your yard. Many landscapers and masonry contractors have less busy schedules than they do in summer. Because of that, landscaping is cheaper in the winter for some contracting companies. Many home remodeling contractors will be more willing to give you low pricing for landscaping jobs. Not only that, but you won’t lose valuable time from your backyard like you would in the summer when you want to host barbecues or have your children play in the outdoors.

Start by adding focal points will help your yard look great in both winter and summer backdrops. You can begin planning what your yard will look like at every point of the year in December or January. Have you always wanted a pond, pathway, or gazebo in your yard? Now is the time to begin envisioning and planning your garden landscaping, planting projects, or overall landscaping.

While removing fallen leaves, you can also clean out flower beds and also get a head start on planting. Consider planting bare-root trees and roses.  It’s also very important to begin maintaining your lawn in the winter namely by keeping your grass short. By mowing your lawn short, you will reduce the risk of having snow mold occur. If  your do not cut grass, it will lay over on itself under the pressure of snow. Snow mold could pose a serious risk to early spring lawns. If need be, consider bringing in snow removal services to completely avoid this potential problem altogether.

Another great idea to get started in the winter is hardscaping projects for your backyard. Brighten up your backyard with walkways, retaining walls, and water features this winter.   Commonly used in kitchens and bathroom for granite countertops and shower surrounds, granite is taking a step out of households and in to outdoor hardscapes. Granite is an excellent choice for your outdoor hardscaping contracting because it’s a nonporous material that will stand up to Mother Nature’s elements.

Some hardscaping jobs you should definitely consider starting in the winter are:

  • gazebos
  • Brick or stone retaining walls, privacy fencing
  • terraces
  • pathways and walkways
  • outdoor fireplaces

Improving your home’s landscaping or hardscaping will improve your overall satisfaction with your place of residence. Even without spring’s flowers all in bloom, you should be able to look out at your backyard and see beauty. Wintertime landscaping is the way to achieve that.

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