Many homeowners enjoy gardening and landscaping during the warmer months. Not only is this a great hobby, but landscaping can even help increase a home’s resale value by 14%. But during the winter, gardening and landscaping tasks tend to lessen. Fortunately, there is still plenty of work that can be done in the winter. So let’s take a look at a few winter gardening and landscaping tasks you can do.
Focus on Hardscaping
The off-season for gardening is always a great time to turn your focus to your hardscape. It’s important to take a good long look at your hardscaping and decide on any changes you want to make. While your sidewalks or garden paths may be covered in snow, you can still consider elements to add to your landscaping. It may be something small, like a few miniature sculptures or statues throughout your garden, or something bigger, like a bend or a trellis. Either way, adding these elements during the winter months is easy to do and you can enhance your garden area without having to plant anything.
Protect Your Plants
One of the most important things you can do during the winter months is protect your plants. If you have any houseplants outside, it’s always a good idea to bring them inside for the cold months. You should put them somewhere in your home where they can receive plenty of sunlight throughout the day. As for the plants that stay outside, consider putting a layer of landscape fabric over them to protect them from elements like snow and even road salt. All of your plants should continue to receive water as needed and if there’s a day when the snow is melted, consider checking the soil and adding mulch for further protection.
Maintain Your Tools
Come spring, there’s going to be a lot of work to do — the grass will need to be mowed, the trees will need to be trimmed, and the garden will need to be weeded. With that in mind, winter is the perfect time to make sure all of your tools and equipment are in good shape. Change the oil on the lawn mower, sharpen any blades, and you can even treat tools that have bare metal with a corrosion preventive material, like WD40. This way, everything will be ready to go when the warm weather arrives. You can even take additional measures to prepare for your new spring garden, like stocking up on compost, mulch, and straw.
Just because it’s cold and snowy that doesn’t mean you should neglect your landscaping. So keep these tips in mind to ensure your garden and landscaping look great all year long.