You might not be planning to spend much time landscaping in the winter, but the cooler months are actually the perfect time to start landscaping for the spring. Winter is also a good time to get some work done since there won’t be much activity in your yard that could ruin the plants and grass.

Add in a New Bed for Plants

You want to wait to do the planting for spring, but you can still get to bed early. If you get the beds ready when spring rolls around all you need to do is plant the flowers and the vegetables.

Adding in a new plant also doesn’t require you to dig up the yard, making it a perfect winter project. It’s an easy time to do the irrigation lines and the excavation as well.

Fix Any Yard Drainage Issues

You don’t want to wait until the spring to start addressing the drainage issues. Since you need to tear up the yard to do this, winter is a perfect time as you want to be able to enjoy the yard in the spring, not tear it up.

You can also pay attention to how the rain in the winter is affecting your yard and address any concerns. Once spring rolls around, you won’t need to worry about your plants being affected by improper drainage because you already have the issues fixed.

Get Sod Installed

Sod is another project you can get started on that involves digging up the yard. You should avoid doing this in the spring as you want to be already enjoying the nice weather at this point rather than digging.

Sod also requires less watering in the winter, so you won’t need to be outside in the cold trying to water it.

Once spring rolls around, the sod will begin to turn that dark green color that makes your yard look so amazing.

Get Ahead on Irrigation Additions

You’ll need plenty of water in the spring and summer to make sure your plants look amazing. This is why it’s a good idea to address any irrigation problems in the winter. If you have an outdated system, you can spend the winter getting new things in place to make sure your water usage in the spring is more efficient. This will also help to cut down your water bill.

You might also want to get some new sprinklers to ensure all your spring plants can be adequately watered.

Add Water Features

Adding water features or any other decorative elements is a perfect winter project. You can dig up the yard now so that it looks pristine by the time spring rolls around. Adding decorations also goes along with new plant beds.

If you already have everything in place, then springtime is easier. You can enjoy just putting in the new flowers and plants without needing to dig up the yard when you really want to just be outside enjoying the sunshine after a long winter.

We often take great care to make our yards look awesome. Sometimes we do that for ourselves and other times we do that for others who might see them. Maybe it’s even a little bit of both. Unfortunately, we go to all of this effort but then the cold weather strikes and it does more harm than good.

Shrubs are not a plant that you can just bring inside for the winter. This means that they often are exposed to winter weather that can leave behind damage to shrubs.

Let’s take a quick look at how to recognize winter damage and what you can do about it.

What Causes Winter Damage to Shrubs?

There is more than one way that winter can wreak havoc on your shrubs. In fact, you can have a mild winter and still experience damage from the cold. This happens in warm climates that see little to no freezing temperatures just as much as hearty winters in other locations.

These are the main types of winter damage.

●     Desiccation

●     Frost

●     Sunscald

Desiccation is primarily caused by your shrub becoming dehydrated. Whether the shrub needs water or has lost water, it’s lacking moisture. Things like wind, dry air, and ice can quickly pull the moisture out of the shrub. The signs include dry brown leaves as well as the growth that appears shriveled.

Frost is more likely to damage growth. This might be leaves or new growth. The frost can be harsh on delicate parts of the shrub, leaving it to turn black or brown and even crisp.

Sunscald comes from sunlight exposure. It’s not the same as the summertime sun. The winter sun is brighter and strong on the shrub. This can lead to white damage on the shrub. However, it might also cause withering and brown spots.

Shrubs will be more susceptible to damage when they don’t get the chance to become dormant. However, winter simply works a number on them.

Winter Care

Winter is the time for your plants to be dormant. You can water your shrub on occasion to help it retain some moisture but you won’t want to do this a lot.

The best thing to do when you notice winter damage to shrubs is to simply let it be through the winter. Pruning shrubs in the winter might actually expose them to more harm and cause additional damage.

Simply let the plant experience the winter and plan to have some pruning done in the spring. While your shrub might look a little sad now, they typically recover well with proper spring care.

StreamLine Designs Shrub Care

When winter is over and you’re ready to have your shrubs cared for, we can help. We will be happy to prune your winter-damaged shrub when spring comes. In some cases, your shrub may need some additional care. Our experts can help get the shrub back to a healthy condition.

Don’t be alarmed by a little bit of winter damage. Shrubs typically recover well. Give it some time and let’s see how the spring goes.

A well-landscaped property has the potential to boost your mental health and create a welcoming vibe for your guests. Starting a new landscaping project is an exciting process, but starting at the right time is key to preventing unwanted stress. So when exactly is the best time to start a landscaping project?

If you ask us, we say the earlier the better! Shooting to get your landscaping project finished by late winter/early spring means you can spend your entire summer ogling at the beauty of a job well done. Rather than stressing about an unsightly mess, you and your guests can admire the finished product.

Let’s go over the benefits of starting your landscaping project early and how to go about doing so when the days are still chilly.

The Benefits of Starting Early

Depending on the size of your desired project, the process can take weeks or even months. However, if you start the process of planning and hiring contractors early, you can decrease the timeline and save a lot of stress in the process.

Although DFW nights can fall below freezing, daytime temperatures give you a leg up as winters are generally mild in the area. Because of this, work can be done year-round here. You don’t need to worry about harsh winter storms messing up your project timeline unless we experience an unusual weather pattern.

With that said, winter tends to be a slower season in general for landscapers which means you are far more likely to get on our books for the timeline you desire if you hire during late winter. All in all, if your goal is to enjoy your home to the fullest during the summer, getting your landscaping projects finished and out of the way early is your best bet.

What Can You Do in Winter?

Although winter may not seem like the time to start summer landscaping projects, it’s actually on the contrary. Late winter is the best time to begin the planning and hiring process. When it comes to planning out your project, doing so early means that when it’s time to meet with your contractors, you have a clear plan for them to follow.

A clear plan also means your contractors can give you an accurate timeline for when they expect to finish the project. Accurate timelines are important when it comes to hiring the best possible contractor for the job. 

In general, it’s best to hire your contractors during late winter as spring-fall is the busy season. Reaching out early is also recommended as landscaping has seen far more interest lately due to the pandemic and everyone spending more time in their home.

What Can We Do?

StreamLine Designs can help you with all of your landscaping needs. Whether you need help with the design process or you have something in mind already and need help with the heavy lifting, we offer a variety of services to make your project a success.