The holiday months have come and gone, and you’ve probably taken down your outdoor Christmas lights. What’s next? What can be done to keep your home exterior looking festive and attractive throughout the rest of the winter? There are a few simple things that can be done to maintain and even liven up your landscape. Consider these tips to brighten up any drab, wintery home exterior.
Those who find it hard to keep their green thumb going during the harsh winter months often rely on hardscaping landscape designs, and this is a great option for seasonal Tulsa landscaping. Installing fountains during the winter provides beautiful ice sculptures during the cold months, especially when combined with specialty outdoor lighting. During spring and summer, a fountain can return to its regular function — decorating and watering your lawn and flowerbeds, for example. A rock garden during the winter can also do double duty by assuming the role of frog pond during hotter months. Also, hardscaping features can always be redesigned for springtime.
It may be cold and dry outside, but your Tulsa landscaping can still look green and lush if you choose the right plants. Winterscaping with spruce, birch, and other evergreens is a superb way of bringing lively color to your home’s exterior. Evergreens come in many shades of green and yellow, and they stay that way even when all other trees have lost their leaves completely. They give your landscape a touch of freshness throughout the year.
American cranberry or holly bushes are another great evergreen option. Lined along paths and walkways to keep your landscape looking stunning all year long.
3. Perennial Tall Grass
Perennial tall grasses and similar plants are great because they provide beautiful winter foliage, making them an excellent choice for keeping your yard looking lush during the wintertime. You can leave their foliage in place all through the cold months, until spring, when you can cut them back. Just be sure to leave about a third of each plant in place, because trimming too harshly can kill them. Clump-forming grasses also grow nicely and mix well with other perennials. They’re not invasive of other plants because they grow slowly.
4. Outdoor Lighting
Your beautiful landscape deserves to be seen and admired, even when the sun goes down. Professionally installed outdoor lighting adds to curb appeal, highlighting your most attractive landscaping features. It is also a major deterrent to thieves because property that is properly illuminated is less likely to be burglarized. Getting rid of shadowy areas around your home is not only a robber’s nightmare, but it also creates beautiful wintertime ambiance, especially with a light snowfall. With the right lighting, your house could look like it came out of a Burl Ives Christmas movie.
5. Planning for Springtime
Winter is a perfect time to plan ahead and prepare the landscaping for your yard’s summertime look. Pruning fruit trees or rose bushes, for example, can be done during this time of year. Just make sure to consult specialists about the optimal length of each
trimming. Raking the lawn during the wintertime is useful for reseeding the soil. In fact, raking your soil actually helps seeds come out of dormancy, often without the help of additional watering. So it’s a perfect lawn treatment during the winter. Remember, waiting until spring isn’t always necessary, or even the best time for planting and planning. Much can be done during the cold months of the year to prepare your landscaping so it looks beautiful from the moment spring has sprung.
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