Winter can be a tough time for your yard, even when the landscaping is absolutely beautiful in the summertime. Most landscaping maintenance tips are focused on warmer months when plants are growing and blooming, but to ensure a good spring and summer, you also have to take care of your yard in the winter. Read on for a winter landscaping checklist to keep your property in top shape all year round.
Your Winter Landscaping Checklist
Prep the Lawn
Most residential landscaping includes quite a bit of grass. To avoid a brown, dead-looking lawn come spring, you have to take steps to protect your grass now. Winter is the best time to put down fertilizer and add seed in any areas where the grass has died or become sparse. Fertilize and seed in the fall, then spend a couple of weeks watering. Your lawn will lie dormant through the very coldest parts of winter, but its deep roots, which you’ve just fertilized, will protect it from dying.
Prune & Trim
Consult your local nursery about which parts of your landscaping should be trimmed and pruned—and by how much. Many bushes and shrubs must be cut all the way back each winter, while others should be trimmed or left alone entirely. The same goes for your trees, some of which may need to be cut back at this time of year.
Don’t forget that landscape maintenance includes all of the fixtures in your yard as well as the plants. You should maintain your walkways and hardscaping features, lighting, and water systems. Make sure that you have adequate gravel or mulch for runoff from snow, and have any leaks fixed well before freezing weather arrives. By keeping all fixtures in great condition, you’ll be able to care for your landscaping even better in the spring.
Imfeld Nursery in Hamilton, OH, has been helping homeowners in the Imfeld area install and care for their landscaping since 1973. Imfeld Nursery also offers experienced landscape design for all kinds of properties and needs, from big water features to small flower beds. Visit their website to view past landscaping projects, and call (513) 868-1828 for more information.