For a variety of reasons, many homeowners think that professional landscaping is something that is only required in the spring and summer. Landscaping companies do not just cease working altogether for several months during the year. To prove it, here are 5 things that a landscaping company will do to keep busy during the winter.
Maintain Landscaping Equipment
One thing that landscaping companies will do during the winter is maintain and winterize landscaping equipment. This is going to be crucial to make sure that the equipment is working when it is used more regularly during the spring and summer. For example, equipment that is left alone during the fall and winter might begin to rust. This is also a great time to sharpen blades and clean and repair equipment to get it ready for the warmer and busier months.
Remove Leaves and Debris
Leaves and debris that are left out on the lawn when the snow starts falling can be damaging to your lawn. It is important that you clear these off before the first snowfall. When the snow falls and people walk across your lawn throughout the winter, these can be trampled into the grass and damage your lawn. Disease or rot may also set in underneath the snow and may be difficult to cure later on.
Prep Planting Beds for Mulch
Fall and winter is a good time to get started on planting beds. You need to have the area cleared so that plants can be ready to be placed in the spring and summer. The fall is the best time to plant certain bulbs that will bloom in the spring and summer. Work with a professional landscaper who can help you identify which bulbs would be best planted in the winter and the ideal time to do so.
Spread and Contour Mulch
Spreading mulch on your garden beds can be a great project for the fall and winter months. Especially when the snow falls, mulch placed at a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches can provide much needed nutrients all winter long. Be careful to work with a qualified and experienced landscaper as spreading too much mulch can actually cause root rot. A professional can help you since they will know just how much to apply and techniques to implement to make it look great.
Trim Shrubs, Hedges and Trees
Believe it or not, the winter months are actually the best time to prune and trim trees, shrubs, and hedges. During the cold weather, your trees and plants are dormant, meaning there are no biological processes going on. This means that cutting and pruning branches will not interfere with natural processes and inhibit growth.