The holidays are past and the warmer weather isn’t quite here so there isn’t much to do other than try and stay cozy.
However, just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend some time keeping your landscaping in good shape.
Winter landscaping might seem pointless but, just a little improvement to your yard could make the last long weeks of winter go by a little bit easier.
Here are just a few things that you can do to improve your landscaping during the winter:
- Add some color to your landscape. Try planting red, yellow, or orange berry-bearing evergreen hollies. There are many varieties available—from small shrubs to bushes the size of trees. A crabapple tree with fruit that can stand up to the harsh temperatures of winter is another great option for someone who wants to add color back into their landscape. Just that little bit of color will make a huge change in your yard and will brighten up your landscaping.
- Take advantage of your bare deciduous trees. Without their leaves, some trees can really display their unique and beautiful shape—from a well-shaped symmetrical tree that looks like it’s reaching for the sky to an ancient, twisted oak that spreads its limbs across the horizon. And don’t forget tree bark—it can also add texture and visual interest to your landscape. Make sure to keep all of the deciduous trees in your yard well manicured and shaped so they contribute to the beauty of your yard.
- Use colorful outdoor containers or window boxes. You can plant ornamental grasses, miniature evergreens, or vegetation strong enough to survive the winter in colorful planters to bring liveliness to your yard. Gardeners in warmer climates can even plant colorful flowers or edible plants, such as kale or curly parsley. Having some bright red pots on your front porch with some evergreen trees will dramatically improve the curb appeal of your home and can add some real depth to your landscaping.
The spring is still several weeks away but, thankfully you don’t have to wait for spring to improve your landscaping.