Winter Landscaping Maintenance Tips For Homeowners


Whether you look forward to the winter season because it means less yardwork or dread it because you miss working in the garden, the reality is your yard needs some winter landscaping maintenance. By correctly maintaining your landscaping during the long cold winter months, you ensure that it is healthy and ready for planting in the spring. If you aren't sure what your yard needs during the winter, here are some landscaping maintenance tips:

Tip: Prune Everything That Still Needs It

While most homeowners choose to trim their trees and prune back shrubbery during the fall season, the best time to do so is actually in the winter. Trees and brush are dormant during the winter season; this is the best time to cut them back without inflicting too much trauma.

Many people have gotten into the habit of pruning and trimming during the fall because it's much more habitable for humans to be out working in the yard then. The construct of pruning in the fall versus the winter is more about humans than their landscaping plants and trees. So, if you still have trees or brush that still need to be pruned back, then winter is an excellent time to do so.

Tip: Add High-Quality Mulch to All Flowerbeds and Around Trees

Putting down mulch in your yard during the winter is one of the best ways to protect overwintering trees and plants. Many homeowners put down mulch because they like the finished look it gives their landscaping. However, mulch actually serves multiple purposes and protects your yard from winter damage in a variety of different ways, including: 

  • Preventing surface-level freezing 
  • Retaining topsoil during storms
  • Slowing moisture evaporation from the soil

In addition, regularly applying much in your flowerbeds and around trees will help to prevent weeds from growing by blocking the light they require to grow.

Tip: Cover Your Roses If Your Yard Gets Snow

If you live in a climate where it is cold enough to regularly snow in the winter, then you should cover your rose bushes with small hoop houses or burlap. Covering rose bushes is unnecessary in milder climates, but covering rose bushes in very extreme winter will protect them from freezing and potential death over the winter. If you don't cover your rose bushes and they make it through the winter, you may find that they don't have a lot of growth the following year and won't produce many flowers.

Contact a local landscaping service, such as J. L. P. Services, to learn more. 


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