Preventing Landscaping Damage in the Winter Months


The winter season can be a harsh time for your landscape and garden. The cold, snow and ice can cause damage to plants and other landscaping features, but there are steps you can take to protect them. Here are some tips on how to care for your outdoor space during the winter months:

Can flowers survive the winter?

Can flowers survive the winter? Yes! But, unlike spring and summer when you can expect your flowers to bloom and flourish, in the winter months your plants won’t be as vibrant. In fact, if you don’t take extra measures to protect them during this time of year they may not even make it through until spring.

The key to keeping your plants alive through their dormant period is simple: insulation. If you’re going to try to keep them alive until spring—or even longer than that—you’ll need a way to insulate them from the cold temperatures outside so they can remain warm enough inside their pots or containers so that they won’t freeze or die off completely!

What about evergreens?

Evergreens are a great way to add color to your landscape. Evergreen plants are, well, evergreen. They have leaves that stay on the plant year round and do not drop off in the fall like deciduous trees and shrubs do. This makes them perfect for adding privacy during the colder months when trees lose their leaves or you want a shady spot in your yard that is always green. There are many varieties of evergreens available so there’s sure to be one that fits perfectly into your landscape design idea!

What about your foundation?

Protecting your foundation from the cold will help keep it intact. The best way to do this is by using a blanket, tarp, sheet of plastic, or plywood.

If you have no choice but to keep your lawn mower outside for the winter months (it is sheltered from the elements and not exposed to snowfall), be sure that it does not sit directly against the home’s foundation. If this happens in heavy snowfall areas like Massachusetts and New Hampshire where precipitation occurs throughout most of the year (as opposed to Northern Maine where there may be more than 200 days without a single drop of rain), then placing something soft between the mower and house such as leaves or grass clippings will help protect both items during any storms that come through town over winter months.

How will you protect your precious plants from cold, snow and ice?

  • Mulch. The best option for protecting plants from the cold and snow is a thick layer of mulch, which will insulate the soil from cold temperatures and protect its roots from getting damaged by frost heaves. You can buy this at your local hardware store or simply use wood chips in place of sand in your garden.
  • Snow fence/tree guard. A simple yet effective way to prevent damage to trees and shrubs during winter storms is using a snow guard, also known as a tree guard. It’s basically a large piece of plastic that you wrap around the trunk or branch of your plant and then cover with rocks or other heavy materials so it stays upright during heavy winds and storms. This will keep birds away from pollinating flowers when they’re not even ready yet!
  • Tarp/windbreak: Using tarps draped over trellis structures along fences (or even just between posts) will protect plants by preventing them from getting exposed directly sunlight when there’s no leaves left on them yet – allowing them time to grow more before being exposed again so quickly might cause damage due as well as overly dry conditions which could lead to fungus growths developing on these surfaces instead.”

You can take steps to help your landscape and garden stay healthy throughout the winter months.

You can take steps to help your landscape and garden stay healthy throughout the winter months.

  • Protect your flowers and plants from the cold by placing a protective layer of mulch over them. The mulch will keep the ground from getting too cold, which will prevent frost damage on tender plants like annuals, vegetable crops, and spring-blooming bulbs. You may also want to use reflective or thermal blankets for some of your plants if you feel they are vulnerable to freezing temperatures at night.
  • Protect your foundation from ice and snow by shoveling off any buildup around it regularly so that it doesn’t become an obstacle when taking out trash or recycling bins later in the year (or worse yet, cause damage). If you live in an area where this is a concern but don’t have access to a sidewalk or porch light outside at night that would normally act as an obstacle for winter weather buildup such as this one might be able to do with minimal effort soon after it occurs during these colder months!
  • Protect landscaping from snow and ice with salt or rock salt sprayed liberally over areas where there has been accumulation recently fallen during early morning hours when temperatures drop before sunrise time frame (approximately 6-8am). This prevents further accumulation in these areas later on down into day time hours when temperatures rise again toward noon hour time frame(approximately 12pm).


We hope you found this blog post helpful! We know that there are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to protect your precious plants from cold, snow and ice. At the end of the day though, we believe that it is worth investing in your landscape so that it can stay healthy throughout the winter months.

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