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Winter Landscaping Tips

Many people forget about their landscapes during the fall and winter. This is the time of year when plants go dormant and our yards become covered in snow. However, it’s also the best time to prepare your yard for the spring. A little effort now can go a long way towards a beautiful landscape later. The following winter landscaping tips can help you get started.

Mow Before Winter 

It’s extremely important to mow your lawn short before winter. If left too long, it will fold over on itself during heavy rain or under the weight of fallen snow. This reduces air circulation, making your lawn weak and more susceptible to disease in the spring.

Cut Back Perennials

Cut the brown tops off perennial plants before the first snowfall. If the tops are still green, you will need to wait until spring to cut them back. It’s important to only cut tops that are yellow or brown.

Clear Snow From Trees 

Snow can cause a lot of damage to trees, especially evergreens. After it has finished snowing, brush snow from limbs with a gentle, upward motion. Do not attempt to remove ice from trees. Doing so can cause significant damage.

Evaluate Your Landscape

 Winter is an excellent time to evaluate your landscape. Consider which areas can be improved, and think about what you will plant in the spring. Sometimes the best solution won’t be plants at all. Hardscapes are an excellent way to compliment and complete your landscape.

Stock Up For Spring

Winter is the best time to purchase new gardening tools. They are often on sale, and stocking up now ensures that you’ll be ready to plant in the spring.

Add Color With Containers 

Add a little color to your landscape by filling winter hardy containers with evergreen boughs of different colors and textures. Fill window boxes, hanging baskets and other containers and place them around your landscape.

Grigg Design offers landscape design and build services to residents in Northern Virginia. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you prepare your landscape for winter.

 

 

 

 

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Design the Best Lawn on the Block

Your New Year’s resolution? To landscape the most beautiful lawn on the block. This is a commitment you’re determined to keep, and how. But it’s wintertime. The grass is dead. Snow and freezing temperatures threaten dormant plants. Ah, you suppose your Fairfax VA landscaping project is better left for spring. One might think, but no. You don’t have to wait. Get started right away. Add texture and color to get a head start on beautifying your yard for spring, and start enjoying the fruits of your labor right away. Consider:

A few winter landscaping tips.

Grow evergreens.

Evergreen trees are a welcome addition to any landscape, in any season. They’re green, but they’re also available in shades of yellow and blue. Evergreen trees and shrubs impart much needed light and life when the air around is dark and cold, and come spring, they stand strong as a focal point around which to design a lush oasis.

Mulch.

Covering soil with a solid layer of mulch will help reduce water loss, suppress weed growth, and protect your annuals from temperature extremes. A three- to four-inch layer of mulch is ideal for preventing soil sprouts and increasing moisture retention. Less is more; mulch depths should never exceed five or six inches, as more could lead to rot.

Decorate in winter themes.

A wheelbarrow, a window box: Long, lazy summer days are made of these. But what of them when the herbs have withered and there’s no dirt to be hauled? Get creative. Plant holly or rhododendron in containers; these love cold weather! Or, make a nest for the birds left behind. Stack firewood just so for ease of access and aesthetics.

Prune.

Winter is the time for pruning. Perennials as well as shrubs, hedges, and deciduous trees should be trimmed during the winter months. When doing so, take care to inspect the tree thoroughly and only cut limbs or branches that are decayed or dying. Not only will this practice bring your yard back to vibrant life in spring, proper pruning will greatly reduce your risk of injury via fallen limb.

Call Grigg Design to get started on your Fairfax VA hardscape.

Take a look outside. Go on; I’ll wait. What’s missing? Among your wildest dreams, what do you want for your yard? A fire pit to gather around, or a one-of-a-kind outdoor patio with a built-in grill and kitchen area? An arched trellis through which to weave ivy? Or a simple walkway to your favorite tree?

Winter is the best time to evaluate the state of your landscape, and to make plans for the party you’ll throw when you when that award: Best Lawn. The flowers are important. The trees are too. But what will truly set your yard apart is the focal point, the Fairfax VA hardscape designed just for you by our experts.  Sure you could walk down to the local garden center and landscape supply, but before you do, get a pro to take a look at your yard and give you the right advice.  Call Grigg Design today.