As a homeowner, the upkeep around the outside is key to maintaining curb appeal. However, the outside of a home is not a small chore. The outdoors can quickly turn messy and overgrown unless addressed in a timely manner. Contrary to popular belief; gardeners should not simply take the entire winter off. While gardening may not be as consistent throughout the winter there are still plenty of gardening tasks that need to be completed. By checking these to-do items off the list, gardeners will prepare their spaces for the blooming months to come.
Landscaping the Home
Winter can be a great time to jump on gardening and the colder months provide a great opportunity to give shape to the landscape. It is common for many plants, trees, and bushes to grow out of control. Therefore, proper landscaping and maintenance are key to ensure the property is ready come spring and summer. The winter is a great time to lay a fresh coat of mulch down. The mulch will act as another layer of protection for plants, trees, and bushes during the harsh weather conditions of winter.
Planning for the Future
If gardeners decide to take the entire winter off, they may have a difficult time come spring and summer. Just because winter is cold does not mean gardeners have to stop practicing their passion for plants. Utilize the colder months by planning out ideas and landscapes for the next upcoming season. This is a great time to decide which plants, trees, and bushes would fit into the area and plan a timeline for planting.
Pruning for Perfection
Wintertime is the perfect opportunity for any gardener to take a step back and see the silhouettes of their landscape while the area is not blooming. Plants, trees, and bushes tend to grow very quickly. Proper pruning and maintenance will need to be done during the spring and summer months. However, it is equally important that gardeners tend to their heartier plants during the winter months. Winter is also a wonderful time to clean up all of the dead plants and overgrowth in order to make room for lights and nutrients to pass through the garden. This will enhance the area and improve spring and summer growth.
Above all, always understand when gardening it is easy to stay busy. While there are slower months, there are always tasks that can be accomplished. The winter is no different. A gardener’s passion does not have to hibernate with the weather. Instead, this is the perfect opportunity to address the landscaping, plan for the next year, and prune the plants and trees in order to get the property looking perfect for the next season.