How to Protect Your Landscaping Investment This Winter

November 19, 2013

You have spent the spring and summer fine-tuning the landscaping of your custom home, by planting flowers, trimming hedges and perfecting the lawn, so it is important to protect the landscaping through the winter. With the winter season comes snow, ice, wind, salt, and deer, all of which can be challenging when you are trying to maintain a healthy and attractive landscaping. The following tips will help provide protection for your landscaping through the winter.

Pipes and Hoses

One of the most important elements of a healthy lawn, is the water and fertilizer it is given in the warmer months. There are a number of things you can do to protect the outdoor pipes and hoses of your custom home from freezing and bursting. Disconnect and drain the garden hose and store in a dry place. If you have an irrigation system, wrap the pipes with pipe insulation or use an old towel and duct tape to insulate them. Turn off outdoor water valves from the main shut-off valve and drain water fountains.

Protecting Perennials

The most effective way to protect the perennials is with mulch. When you rake the leaves for the last time of the season, loosely pile them around the perennials. The leaves will provide warmth for the plant roots and as the leaves begin to decay, they will provide the nourishment perennials need throughout the winter.

Healthy Trees and Shrubs

If you planted new trees during the spring, they should be covered with burlap during the winter. Hedges and shrubs should also be loosely wrapped in burlap material, but do not cover the top of the shrub. Mature trees need to be pruned during the late winter when they are the most dormant and then again in mid-February. Fruit trees will be highly fruit bearing if they are fertilized in late winter.

Potted Plants

All of the potted plants should be brought indoors during the winter to prevent them from freezing. If you notice that a plant has been damaged by frost or a winter freeze, leave the plant in place until the spring when there is new growth. If you attempt to transplant or prune a plant during the winter, it can kill it or prevent it from having a thriving growth.

If you start to get a little antsy for the spring weather, February is typically a mild enough month to begin planting cool-season annuals, such as pansies and petunias. Remember to add mulch around the new plantings so they will get the necessary water.