How To Have Beautiful Winter Landscaping At Your Home

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.


The Dos and Don’ts Of Using Mulch In Your Landscaping

Spreading mulch is a great way to protect the root systems of your trees and bushes and also creates a gentle barrier between the fragile ground around your plants and the cold temperatures.

However, before you decide that you need to spread mulch all over your yard, it is important to be knowledgeable about the pros and cons of having mulch in your yard.

Your outdoor landscaping is an important part of your home’s curb appeal and should be well cared for all year around. Some people think that the winter months are a time to be more relaxed about their landscaping. However, it is actually the perfect time to get your landscaping ready for the spring season.

Laying mulch in your yard is a great thing to do to protect your trees – but, it is important to know how to work with this material.

Here are a few tips for you to follow:

  • If you, or someone who is visiting your home, is a smoker – make sure there is an old bucket with sand outside for cigarette butts. Throwing cigarette butts into the flower bed where there is mulch can easily lead to a fire. Obviously, this is more or a risk during the summer months when the weather is dry. But, throwing cigarette butts into the mulch bed is a bad habit any time of the year and it is best to set the expectation.
  • During the winter months it isn’t as necessary but, during the other months of the year it is important to water the mulch on your property to keep it moist and flame-retardant. Mulch is dark in color and can retain a lot of heat and get to high temperatures. Keeping it wet can help to keep those temperatures at a minimal level.
  • Make sure to spread mulch evenly and not too thick. When there are large piles of mulch that are very thick, steam can be created when the warmth within the mound of mulch mixes with the cold air. It is important to minimize this reaction as much as possible by spreading mulch no thicker than four inches.

Keep your home and your trees protected by following these tips on how to work with mulch.


Are Your Trees Ready For The Winter?

37910646_sHaving friends and family over for extended stays or dinner parties is a fun part of this time of the year. Thanksgiving is officially behind us and that means that the rest of the next few weeks will be filled with various holiday gatherings and visits.

Making sure that the outside of your home is prepared and is safe is an important part of being a good host.

If you have friends or family over and someone slips outside or is injured by a falling branch – not only will the holiday season be ruined but the months after will be very stressful.

Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your home and landscaping are prepared for the winter months as well as for having visitors over.

Here are a few things that you should have done in the next week or so:

Have the branches of your trees trimmed so that none of them are hanging low or hanging over the roof of your home. Having a low hanging branch fall onto the roof of your house could lead to damage to the roof and leaking.

Make sure that you have all of the debris and leaves around the property of your home cleaned up and raked away. When leaves fall onto the walkways or driveway of your home and get wet from the winter weather they can cause a very slippery surface to walk on.

Take a few minutes to walk around the outside of your home and make sure that all of your gardening supplies, lawn mower, hoses, and toys are picked up and put away. If left outside, these times could get covered in leaves and debris making it hard to see them when walking or playing in the yard.

Keep your family and your holiday celebrating protected this winter season by following these tips for outdoor landscaping. This is the time of year when people want to be spending time together having a nice meal – not sitting in the emergency room.