Can Landscaping be done in Winter?
Can Landscaping be done in Winter?
Yes. Plenty of landscaping can be done in the winter. Do you keep bulb plants, such as tulips or daffodils? You will need to dig these up and store them in a cool, dry place during the wet winter seasons in California. Do you have all of your metal decorative items winterized and coated with a rust-proof coating? Keep these things looking brand new for years to come by applying coating on wrought-iron railings and fences.
Do you plan to provide winter cold for your fruit trees? You will need to talk to your landscaper about how much cold is necessary for your fruit trees to actually produce fruit during the growing seasons. Winter is a necessary time for most fruit trees. However, if you keep small, potted citrus trees, have your landscaper bring them inside to a sunny southern window so that they receive plenty of southern sunlight during the winter and are protected from bouts of intense cold. You want your oranges and lemons to be safe for spring.
California is known for its persimmons. Whether you have the Roma tomato-shaped persimmons that require an almost rotten level of softness to be eaten or you have the flat round shape that can be eaten at any stage of softness, you will want to take steps to protect your persimmons. If the cold and wet are good for your persimmon trees, then let them lie fallow until spring. However, if you need to take steps to bed them down for the winter, make sure their roots are still getting plenty of oxygen. Be sure to talk over detailed persimmon care with your professional landscaper.
Do you have a flooding problem anywhere in your house or driveway? Winter is the wettest season in Fresno. Landscaping in Fresno CA will always involve flood protection, both from the rain and from accidental run-off that you weren't intending to accumulate. While you are at it, be sure and protect your sprinkler system. If it gets cold enough, your small pipes and hoses near the surface of the ground may crack or become compromised. Keep your equipment tidy and well-stored in over-winter sheds on your property. Rent storage space, if necessary.
Have you recently made any changes to your driveway, patio, porch, roof, or landforms on your property? Pay attention to how rainwater runoff will pool and collect in various locations. Be careful when applying stones to act as a way to divert the water off in a new direction. You may need a new landform, instead. A pile of rocks is not waterproof and will not divert all the water unless it is merely a small drip situation.
Do you despise the color of brown grass in the wintertime? Consult with your landscaper about installing drought-tolerant, evergreen plants that will still create a beautiful green palette in your yard for the winter season. These can be anything from drought-tolerant and rain-tolerant succulents to small evergreen bushes that can weather both high heat and well-drained soil. If you have sandy soil, consider how the winter wet and cold months always affect your sand and soil erosion. Your landscaper may need to put down rows of fresh mulch simply to discourage this.
Don't be stingy about your property during the winter. Yes, it may seem as if everything is asleep and bedded down for the winter. However, an experienced landscaper will know exactly how different design elements will weather over the years. You are better off calling them in too often than too infrequently. If you have a year-round arrangement with your landscaper, stay on top of your work with them. Be detailed and adjust your expectations according to the season. Keep a seasonal gardening calendar where you have written down all of your landscaping plans. Before each task is due, call them up to verify when they are arriving to do it.
Landscaping is the perfect mixture of art and form, nature and sky, beauty and wildness. Work with your landscaper to create a stunning garden, beautiful, resilient trees, and plenty of year-round beauty for both yourself and your neighbors. Any time of year is the perfect time of year to make your next landscaping plan.