In the words of House Stark: winter is coming!
That means that your yard chores are basically over, right? No more mowing, watering, and weeding. It’s finally time to sit back, kick up your feet, and watch your children shovel snow from the safety of your living room.
On the other hand, winter is the perfect time to begin a new landscaping project. It may be cold, icy, and generally unpleasant outside, but things are also quieter in the winter. Landscapers are less busy, and projects can normally be done on the cheap. So, if you’re a fan of bargains and short lines, or you’re just bored of lounging around, put on your best cold weather jacket and consider taking on some of these winter projects:
Plant Winter Greens
Gardening in the winter? You betcha! Adding a little green to your icy, barren garden can really help chase away those winter blues. Cold-hardy plants like Christmas holly, winterberry, and birch trees do well in cold climates, and look gorgeous draped in holiday lighting!
Renovate Your Landscape Lighting
Winter nights are long and cold. After a long day at the office, it’s no fun stumbling through the dark to find your front door. Installing some lights in your garden or along your walkways can do wonders for your outdoor living space. In fact, some well-placed landscape lighting may make your yard feel livable again, even in the dead of winter. Many homeowners put off landscape lightning renovations because they normally require professional assistance, but, in the winter months, landscapers are less busy, and many may even be able to provide special discounts and offers. If you’ve been putting off a big project, now just might be the perfect time to place that phone call.
Install a Fire Pit
Speaking of making your outdoor living space more livable, what brightens up a deck or patio more than a fire pit? A fire pit brings beauty, warmth, and fun to otherwise cold and barren outdoor living spaces. The install seems daunting to many, but this project is easily worth the time and money it takes to build. Who doesn’t love a roaring fire on a chilly night?
Plan for Spring
When it comes to landscaping, it never hurts to be one step ahead. Spring is an exhausting time for homeowners and landscaping professionals alike. Why not get some of the grunt work out of the way over hot coco and warm cookies? Sit down with a landscaping professional and draft out your spring plan. What kind of plantings do you want to do? What do you want to keep? What do you want to change? If you know what you want, it’s not a bad idea to go out and buy plants from local nurseries while they still have them in stock. Nurseries get cleaned out in the early spring months! If you get your game plan nailed down now, you want have to spend nearly as much time stressing when March rolls around.