Autumn leaves have fallen, and the temperature's dropping, signaling that winter is finally here. This is the perfect time to start thinking about your winter landscape plan. A winter landscape plan is a blueprint for maintaining your property throughout winter. By developing a plan now, you can avoid many common problems that occur during the winter.
There are several benefits of having a winter landscape plan, including the following:
Reduced expenses: With a winter landscape plan, you can avoid many fees associated with common winter problems, such as snow removal and damage from ice and salt.
Improved curb appeal: A well-maintained property will have improved curb appeal and be more attractive to potential buyers or renters.
Lower liability risks: By addressing potential hazards on your property, you can lower your liability risks if someone is injured on your property.
We will discuss some of the critical components of a winter landscape plan. By familiarizing yourself with these components, you can develop a plan that will work best for your property.
There are four key components to any successful winter landscape plan: snow removal, de-icing, landscaping, and lighting. Let's take a closer look at each of these components.
Snow Removal: One of the most critical aspects of your winter landscape plan is snow removal. Snow can quickly accumulate on your property and create unsafe conditions. Therefore, it is essential to have a plan in place for removing snow from sidewalks, driveways, and other areas of your property. Many homeowners hire a professional snow removal service to handle this task. However, equip yourself with the proper tools and safety gear if you remove snow.
De-Icing: In addition to removing snow, you also need to be concerned with ice formation on your property. Ice can form on sidewalks, driveways, steps, and other areas where water can collect and freeze. You will need to use de-icing products such as rock salt or calcium chloride to prevent ice from forming or to melt existing ice buildup. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions when using these products. It would be best if you also took care not to use too much de-icer, as this can damage vegetation on your property.
Landscaping: The landscaping on your property can also be affected by the harsh winter weather. Be sure to protect sensitive plants by covering them with burlap or fabric. It would help if you also trimmed back any dead branches from trees or shrubs so that they are not damaged by heavy snow or ice buildup. Finally, ensure that your gutters are clean and free of debris so they can adequately drain during winter.
Lighting: Proper lighting is essential for safety during the winter months. Be sure to replace any burned-out light bulbs and add additional lighting if necessary. In addition, it would be best if you cleared any snow or debris blocking walkway lights or street lights near your property. Taking these steps can help prevent accidents and injuries during the winter months.
These are just a few things to remember as you develop your winter landscape plan. By now preparing for the winter months ahead, you can avoid many common problems and save yourself money in the long run. For professional landscape services, give us a call at Medford Landscape Design.