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Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter Landscaping Tips

winter landscaping tipsIn areas where cold and snow are given during the winter months plants go dormant and colors fade, leaving landscaping bland with just white, gray and brown tones. However, if gardeners plan ahead in the warm weather they can have a winter-landscaped wonderland that will twinkle against the bleakness of the dormant season.Because hard and softwood deciduous trees shed leaves after going dormant attention becomes focused on the branches and bark. As such, trees and shrubs, like dogwood and birch, which have distinctive bark with unusual color and texture, will produce added attraction during winter months.

Planting berry-producing trees and shrubs, like crabapple, holly and juniper, which retain the fruit during the cold weather will provide a burst of color to an otherwise stark winter landscape, as well as food wildlife. If you intend to plant large trees, the off season is a good time to consult with a tree service.

Evergreens are the mainstay of any winter landscape, but the term “evergreen” is something of a misnomer as the plants are also available in yellows, golds and blues. Gold-thread false cypress and blue spruce are examples and great choices for winter landscapes. It you get stuck for ideas, a landscaping company or a lawn service will be able to provide tips and assistance.

Winter is really the best season to assess a landscape, as it is easy to figure out what missing. Often the solution for enhancing drab landscaping isn’t necessarily foliage, but hardscape, and adding a bench, garden sculpture or trellis will give an underutilized area a more polished look.

Window boxes and hanging baskets are valuable winter-landscaping tools. Small plants, like broadleaf evergreens and miniature spruces, are perfect choices, but the trees do require frequent watering during dry periods. Some four-season perennials, like hellebores and dianthus, produce year-round foliage. To save money you can also arrange evergreen boughs of varying colors and textures into planters.

Winter can be a great time to stock up on supplies for the following spring, as many garden shops will have sales during the off months. Make a list of all needed supplies, such as seeds, planters and potting soil, and then check the stores and online for deals.

Creating a vibrant winter landscape isn’t hard, it just takes a little thought and planning. If you get stuck for ideas, or don’t have the ability to do the work yourself, a landscaping company, a lawn service or a tree service can be valuable resources.

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