Landscaping during the winter can feel like a burden, but there are a few things that every homeowner can do to keep their outdoor area healthy during the colder months. Take the time to carry out some simple cold weather landscaping, and the spring will reward you with a well-nurtured and blossoming outdoor space. Here are a few tips that every homeowner can apply this winter to keep their outdoor area in great shape.
Keep Watering Your Plants
While plants grow slower in the winter and don’t require as much water as other times of the year, they still need adequate moisture to stay healthy. One of the easiest cold weather landscaping tasks you can complete is making sure your plants get enough water. Watering plants during the day may even help to protect against nighttime freezes by helping to trap in heat. Certain plants, such as evergreens and newly planted trees younger than five years, need to receive large amounts of water before the ground freezes. If these plants haven’t stored enough water beforehand, they are more likely to experience winter burn and potentially die from a lack of water.
Cover Your Plants
Extreme winter weather can be destructive to plants that are not properly protected. Newly planted trees and roses are in particular need of cold weather landscaping to survive the winter. Trees covered in thin bark are also in danger of being eaten by rodents if left unprotected. Wrap your plants in burlap or with a corrugated tube to shield them from the winter elements.
Spread Out Composted Mulch
Mulch is a great way to help plants maintain moisture and keep water stored, especially during harsh winters. While mulching occurs in the spring to manage weeds and warm the soil, winter mulching is done specifically to protect plants by keeping them in dormancy, stopping growth until warmer weather arrives.
Stay Away From Salt
Salt is helpful when de-icing driveways and sidewalks in the winter but can prove deadly for your plants and grass. That’s because the salt absorbs moisture from plants and depletes their water storage, causing them to dry out. Sand is a more plant-friendly solution and works in many situations where you would use salt-based de-icer.
Try Plants that Thrive in Your Zone
During the winter, certain plants thrive in different areas of the country. The United States Department of Agriculture has created a rough guide for cold weather landscaping and gardening, dividing the nation into 13 different hardiness zones. Different plants thrive in different hardiness zones, and as a homeowner, you can refer to this guide to determine which plants can easily handle the winter climate where you live.
Every home and climate is unique, and these simple tips can help your lawn look well-manicured throughout the winter. Grand Homes has multiple available properties with beautifully landscaped yards that are ready for move in. If you are looking to buy or build a home in the DFW area contact a team member today and let us help you craft your dream home.