Tips | Winter Landscaping

Sure there is snow on the ground, but don’t ignore your yard throughout the winter. Designs By Sundown gave us their top winter landscaping tips to make sure your yard looks up to par when spring rolls around.

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[acc_item title=”Mow your lawn.”]Mow your lawn short for the winter. If you keep your grass too long, it will lay over when snow falls, and might be susceptible to snow mold, an early spring lawn disease.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Winterize your lawn mower.”]Winterize your lawn mower. Drain the gas out of the mower and store in a garage or shed. It is also a good time to change the oil, sharpen blades and any other maintenance to prepare for the spring.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Water your trees and shrubs.”]In our climate, it is extremely important to water your trees and shrubs. On warm days, drag the hose out and soak your trees and large shrubs. This is even more important if you have recently planted (within a year or two) trees and shrubs. You should plan on watering your plants every 3-4 weeks depending on how much moisture we get.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Pay attention to where you are piling snow.”]When you are clearing snow, pay attention to where you are piling the snow. Large amounts of snow on delicately branched shrubs could cause damage to the branches.Cover your patio furniture with winter covers, or bring inside.  This will prolong the life of your furniture.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Bring your clay pots inside.”]Bring your Clay pots inside. Our freeze/thaw winters can cause cracking in clay pots. If they are too big to bring inside, cover them with a tarp.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Cut back dormant plants.”]Cut back dormant plants. Perennials that die back in the winter and fall over can be cut back and the dead debris can be removed. Some perennials are interesting in the winter however and can be left untouched for some interest. Ornamental grasses and plants such as Black Eyed Susan’s look good with a light coating of snow.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Plant trees or shrubs that have colorful berries in the winter.”]Plant trees or shrubs that have colorful berries in the winter. This will keep the birds around. If you don’t have any berries, you can always hang a bird feeder to attract our feathery friends.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Fill your landscape with about 30% of winter interesting plants.”]Conifer plants (plants that don’t lose their leaves) and plants with interesting bark (red colored bark or exfoliating bark) can always highlight a garden during the winter.  You should fill your landscape with about 30% of winter interesting plants.[/acc_item]
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