The winter season is a great time of year to spend time around the house staying warm. This is especially true once the holidays have passed, since the chaos dies down and taking a little bit of time to rest is always nice.
If you aren’t planning a vacation or a trip out of town this winter, you might be hyper-aware of your house and your yard. Spending more time at home means really having time to tune into how cluttered or unkempt your home and your yard are.
While spring is the traditional time of year to do any decluttering or real gardening, there is plenty that you can do during the winter months to get your yard and your home prepared for spring.
Winter landscaping might seem a little pointless with all of the cold weather – not many plants or flowers can really survive the extreme temperatures. However, there are some simple things that you can do to improve the look of your outdoor landscaping, without trying to battle the weather:
- If you’ve recently purchased your house, you may have some newly planted trees. Look for cracks around the planting hole, and fill in any with soil. This will protect the roots from the cold weather and ensure that your tree grows nicely and will look great in the spring
- If any tree branches might be damaged by heavy snow or ice, it’s a good idea to prune them in advance. A landscape professional can recommend what branches should be cut before the winter storms start.
- Should a winter storm hit, the wind can be particularly destructive. Secure any items that might get damaged by high winds, such as potted plants, awnings and outdoor furniture.
- Wrapping plants and smaller trees in burlap or a frost protection fabric can help protect them from temperatures that drop below freezing, and planting them alongside a house or fence can give them some protection from the wind.
Improving the curb appeal and look of your yard is always a good thing – no matter what the season is. Use these simple tips for winter landscaping and get in the habit before the spring arrives.