Many gardeners worry about the arrival of winter and the snowy weather. This is mainly due to the fact that the garden does not see much action and therefore the popular landscape architecture projects are put to rest until the thaw effect of spring touches the place.
Believe it or not, there are still some projects that you can tackle in the winter. It is not only possible, but it is, in fact, the best time to do it. Whether you are alone or with a landscaping company by your side, you definitely won’t want to miss the opportunity to do some work.
Here’s what you can work on:
Attracting birds and other wildlife – now, you may be used to all the flowers and butterflies in the hottest months of the year, but they’re not around in the winter. What you should do is think of the courtyard dwellers, who fall into the category of residents all year round. You can make your garden more attractive by inviting wintering birds. Do this by adding a bird feeder and shelters for those feathered friends. You can establish such features that work with your garden’s natural environment. Do not place feeders and shelters anywhere, but choose places that protect them from predators.
You can work on the hardscaping aspect: when trees lose their leaves, you can get a better picture of what your backyard structure looks like. With less foliage around, you can evaluate the areas of your backyard that need more hardscaping. You can add more seats here and there or extend the patio, for example. You can also update your catwalks to make accessing the site easier and appear more inviting. If you really feel it, you can add a fire pit in a sheltered area for some winter fun.
Improve outdoor lighting: as the days are shorter, you need to rely on outdoor lighting. If you want your garden to look good at night, consider adding more light. You can improve this look near the catwalks or provide spotlights for decorative elements.
Think about your evergreens: if you have firs, spruces or pines, you probably like the fact that they keep their beautiful colors in winter. Evergreens are always wonderful, because they add a much needed winter color. If you think it’s late to plant them, you can incorporate wild tree branches into various landscaping projects. For example, fill a wheelbarrow with branches and add Christmas lights to add some Christmas charm.
Plan your spring plans – perhaps one of the most important tasks you should do in the winter is planning for spring. Now you can reflect on which plants you had this year and which plants you want to include again the following year. Consider which of them did well and which didn’t perform in your area. If you are an avid gardener, you may want to take stock of all your garden tools. Now is the time to repair electrical equipment, to prepare it for spring. See if you need to buy something new. Consider if you need professional help in the garden and do research on landscape companies. Maybe you can even get a quote from them so that you can budget appropriately.
As you can see, there are many activities to be done in the winter. It’s up to you to face them all and make sure that your garden remains a perfect place when spring arrives.