How to Take Care of Your Landscape in the Winter

We know winter isn’t exactly peak landscaping season, but there are things you should keep in mind before the flowers start blooming and grass starts growing again. Managing the snowfall on your lawn and the surrounding areas is important for your family’s safety, and there are other things you can do before springtime comes. Get ahead and be prepared for spring landscaping tasks with these tips.

Manage Snowfall at Your Northern Virginia Home

Winter can be a beautiful time in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland with white snow dusting the landscape periodically, so it’s easy to forget how dangerous snow and ice can be. Without proper preparation and cleanup, snow and ice on your driveways and walkways can make it dangerous for your family to simply go in and out of the house! Depending on the severity of the storm, it may be necessary to salt or sand the areas around your home to prevent ice buildup, and snow shoveling, plowing, and blowing can keep snow off walkways once it falls. If you’re not sure where to start or simply don’t want to do it yourself, call Wheat’s Landscape for help with snow removal!

Prepare Planting Beds for Mulching

Shrubs, trees, and perennials should be pruned at the end of autumn, but leaves and other debris often fall in plant beds throughout the winter. Make sure to remove dead leaves and twigs from plant beds, which should them be edged and trimmed. Early winter is a great time to plant spring bulbs that will blossom as the temperatures rise.

Trim Failing Branches & Remove Dead Trees

Though the majority of shrub pruning is performed in the fall, parts of trees and shrubs often die in the winter if not given proper care. If you find that parts of your greenery aren’t exactly green anymore and appear to be dying, it might be time to trim off those parts or get rid of a plant completely. Unless you have experience with this, we recommend calling your Northern Virginia landscaping experts at Wheat’s Landscape before taking a trimmer or chainsaw to any of your home’s greenery. An experienced landscaper can tell you if a tree is salvageable or just a lost cause, and they can expertly remove trees or trim them for optimal health.

Keep Your Northern VA Lawn Clear & Free of Clutter

This applies to fallen leaves, twigs, and branches, but also to foot traffic and outdoor toys or tools. With most grasses lying dormant in the winter anyway, repeated foot traffic or leaving toys and tools sitting in the same spot all season can cause bare spots (similarly, do not let someone park a vehicle on your lawn!). If you decide to rake up fallen debris, be gentle and try not to rake up the grass along with the leaves and twigs. Better yet, call Wheat’s Landscape for expert leaf removal services!

Call Wheat’s Landscape When You Need Help With Winter Landscape Maintenance in Northern Virginia

Most people know the tasks involved in spring and summer landscape maintenance, but it’s tougher to analyze exactly what is necessary for your lawn during the winter. Call Wheat’s Landscape for an expert opinion on the status of your lawn, pest control strategies (not all insects disappear in the winter!), and snow removal techniques.  Some of the winter landscaping tasks we perform include:

  • Snow shoveling
  • Snow plowing
  • Snow blowing
  • Ice control with salting and/or sanding
  • Leaf removal
  • Tree removal
  • 24/7 service

If you need help with winter landscaping tasks in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., or Maryland, call Wheat’s Landscape at (703) 641-4790 today!

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