Written by Troy Taylor, The Greenery, Inc.
As we prepare for the winter months ahead, there are some key things you can do to liven up your landscape for the fast approaching cold weather.
Move some of your more delicate perennials shrubs or trees inside for some of the coldest nights that we have. Examples of plants you may consider would be any tropical plants or prize fruit trees. If the thought of checking the weather each day for potential frost advisories proves to be to much of a hassle, you can rest assure that most perennials planted in this area are durable enough to withstand our cold months. Plants like Variegated Gingers, Philodendrons and Lantana can simply be cut back once they are bit by the cold and will likely emerge happy and healthy this coming spring.
After moving plants inside and cutting back cold damaged perennials, you may look out at a bare colorless landscape. For those who want to beat the winter doldrums, there are a few things you can do to spruce up your homes appearance such as fresh pine straw or mulch, and winter annuals.
It’s also important to keep your irrigation off or at least at the bare minimum during the winter. One of the worst things that you can do is overwater your turf and flowers during the winter months. In many cases the winter rainfall is enough to maintain your landscape until the following Spring.
By doing the little things to add color and warmth to your landscape in the bitter cold, you can make sure you don’t let the winter months get you and your landscape down!