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Best Landscape Projects For Winter

When undertaking a winter landscaping project, think about what you’ll want to use the most when the weather turns nice. That’s why it’s best to focus on landscaping projects like:

Fire pits & outdoor fireplaces – While it’s usually too cold to use these in the winter, they’re perfect for the springtime. Installing an outdoor fireplace or fire pit right will lead to lots of fun in the springtime!

Pool decks – You’re obviously not using your pool in the winter—why not install a new pool deck now so your space is perfect for your summer get-togethers? The experts at Four Seasons can get your pool deck looking amazing by the time you open your pool up for the season.

Outdoor kitchen – Nothing is more fun than a summer cookout. With an outdoor kitchen, you can take these to the next level! Enjoy spending time with your friends and family with a fully functional outdoor kitchen for the ultimate entertainment space.

However, it’s important to preserve the landscaping you currently have. Replacing plants and softscaping in the winter is hard work—so it’s best to try to protect it! Here are some chores you should do to make sure your current landscaping survives the colder months:

Prune your plants. Fall is a good time to prune plants, add new plants, and freshen up your mulch. Typical pruning at this time of year involves cutting back perennials that are done blooming for the season as well as summer growth from evergreen shrubs.

Prepare your plants for snow. Many have learned the hard way the impact a heavy snow season can have on the health of plants. Damage from the sheer weight of the snow can physically crush plants as it either piles up on them or falls off overhead roofs. You can avoid this by tying the plants up with simple string. However, if a heavy snow storm is being called for, tying a piece of string around it to keep the plant from splitting due to the weight of the snow only works one or two days before a storm. It is not recommended to leave them like this for the entire winter season.

Feed your lawn. Fall is also a great time to feed your lawn. A few healthy feedings at this time of year can make a huge difference in the springtime. It establishes a strong root system for the grass, developing a fuller lawn in the springtime.

 

Paver Walkways

Walkways do not only enhance the aesthetics of your yard, they also create functional pathways to your garage, your shed and to your front door. Especially in the wintertime you will appreciate established and well-maintained walkways. They will make it easier and safer to get around on your property.
To prepare for the snowy season it is a good idea to clear all the sideways and walkways around your home. Clear any tools, hoses, rocks and debris form the walkways, so that shoveling or snow blowing will be easier and smoother once winter hits.
Check for Problem Spots Now
Another good idea is to check for cracks and other problem spots now. The extreme temperature-change will worsen the cracks over the winter – and the repairs will be more extensive and expensive in the spring. You also want to make sure to get rid of any low spots where puddles can develop and water might collect.
Inspect the Drainage System
Another important thing to check, is your water drainage system: Make sure, that rain and melting snow will not spill directly on your walkway, but can flow freely through your drainage system. If water gets under your walkway during the cold winter month, and the water freezes, it can actually rise up the walkway in certain spots. The consequence is, that the walkway will crack or get otherwise damaged in these areas.
Hire a Professional
“I can’t tell you how many times I get calls for walkways from people who have a walkway that is in disrepair or simply never had one to begin with“, says George Cavanaugh, Picture Perfect. „And every one of them in the end wished they had acted sooner.“ Picture Perfect is ICPI certified and a member of the NCMA (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association respectively). “We do not only want to transform the curb appeal of your home, we have the skills necessary to install a walkway that will last the life of your home.”
Keep it Safe
By keeping your walkway clean and well maintained you also keep it safe. According to the National Floor Safety institute, there are more than 8 million emergency room visits and 21,000 deaths each year because of slip, trip and fall accidents. Most of these incidents happen on even floor, in 55 percent of all cases, the walkway is implicated as the cause.