Just because it's getting cold out, doesn't mean that your landscape has to suffer and be dreary like the cold winter weather. As the cold season approaches, we thought it might be helpful to share the following article from HGTV.com on ways to brighten your winter landscape.
They discuss seven ways of sprucing up your outdoor living space, such as building a fireside retreat, adding seasonal plants, and more.
Take a look at the article here: Ways to Brighten a Winter Landscape for more ideas.
Another important fact is that you must not forget to water your lawn during the winter months. We find that many folks don't realize that this is an issue and will neglect the most precious part of your plants and grass . . . their roots. The article from the Albuqurque Journal answers a great question and explains the importance of water during the winter months.
Tracey Fitzgibbon explains in her piece "Water During the Winter Months to Protect Roots"…
"Here in the Albuquerque area, there is one main concern. It’s keeping the roots of your plant life moist, so they don’t suffer frost damage. Sounds odd, I know, but moisture will be an insulator for the plants. Think about it, when there is snow lying down as a blanket, everything underneath is protected from the wax and wane of temperature fluctuation. By watering here, where we don’t get that insulating blanket, the soil is more apt to stay a consistent temperature, keeping the root mass protected and actually insulated.
So, with that, be ready to water your landscaping deeply at least once a month, more often if it does stay dry and precipitation free. Usually during the winter months I aim to water every 10 to 15 days, giving everything a good drink. But then, too, if there has been a space of time when I haven’t watered and it’s going to get brutally cold, you can bet I’m out there getting my landscapes watered in, even if the schedule might be a bit out of kilter.
Now I do need to remind you that, as soon as you’ve watered, you should most certainly disconnect the hose from the spigot. Keeping hoses attached when it freezes can cause costly damage to the spigot. You can also find cute Styrofoam “hats” at most home center stores that you can attach to the spigot to further protect them and remind you to detach your hose. The hats are remarkably inexpensive but, for the service they provide, priceless! If your piping comes directly out of the ground get in the habit of covering it with an overturned bucket or trash can. Anything so the piping is protected." Read more here…
What are your plans with your winter landscape project? Be sure to comment below and let us know!