Preparing Your Landscape for Winter: Essential Tips

Nov 17, 2023

As the vibrant colors of autumn start to fade and the chill in the air becomes more pronounced, it’s time to turn your attention to preparing your landscape for winter. Winter can be harsh on your outdoor spaces, and your once-lush garden can suffer without proper care. At Kenney Landscaping, we understand the importance of maintaining the beauty and health of your landscape throughout the year. In this blog, we’ll provide you with essential tips for preparing your landscape for winter, ensuring it stays resilient and ready to flourish once spring returns.

1. Clean Up Your Garden

The first step in winterizing your landscape is to clean up your garden. Remove fallen leaves, dead plants, and any debris that may have accumulated. This not only keeps your garden looking tidy but also prevents disease and pests from overwintering in the debris. Raking up leaves and composting them can be a great way to recycle organic matter back into your garden.

2. Pruning and Trimming

Before winter sets in, it’s essential to prune and trim your trees, shrubs, and perennials. Pruning not only helps maintain the shape of your plants but also encourages healthy growth in the spring. Be sure to remove any dead or diseased branches. Proper pruning also reduces the risk of heavy snow and ice damage to your plants.

3. Mulching

Adding a layer of mulch to your garden beds before winter can provide insulation and protection for your plants’ roots. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch will help regulate soil temperature, retain moisture, and prevent soil erosion. Make sure to pull mulch away from the base of trees and shrubs to prevent rot and disease.

4. Protect Your Plants

Delicate and tender plants may need extra protection from harsh winter conditions. Consider wrapping young trees with tree wrap to prevent sunscald and frost damage. Cover sensitive perennials with burlap or a frost cloth to insulate them. Container plants should be brought indoors or into a sheltered area to avoid freezing temperatures.

5. Winter Watering

While it may seem counterintuitive, your landscape still needs water during the winter. Be sure to water your plants deeply before the ground freezes to prevent root dehydration. Pay attention to evergreens, which are prone to drying out in the winter. Watering them during dry spells or warm winter days is crucial to their survival.

6. Snow and Ice Management

Heavy snow and ice can put a lot of strain on your landscape. Shovel snow away from walkways, driveways, and entrances to avoid damage. Be cautious about using rock salt, as it can harm plants and soil. Consider using a more plant-friendly de-icing agent or sand for traction.

7. Lawn Care

Before winter arrives, give your lawn some extra attention. Mow your grass to an appropriate height, usually around 2 inches, to prevent disease and pest infestations. Also, consider aerating your lawn to improve water infiltration and reduce compaction.

8. Prepare Garden Tools and Equipment

Don’t forget to clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools properly. This will extend their lifespan and ensure they are ready for spring. Drain and winterize your irrigation system to prevent frozen pipes and damage. 

Preparing your landscape for winter is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy and vibrant outdoor space year-round. At Kenney Landscaping, we understand the importance of winterizing your landscape to ensure it thrives in the spring. By following these essential tips, you can protect your plants, trees, and gardens from harsh winter conditions, and be well-prepared for the beauty that will bloom when spring returns. If you need assistance with winterizing your landscape or have any questions, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you keep your landscape in top shape, regardless of the season.