Vancouver winters, with their unique beauty, also bring challenges that require special attention in landscaping. At Premier Landscaping, we understand the intricacies involved in protecting and enhancing landscapes during these colder months. In our latest free learning resource, we share detailed winter landscaping tips, covering maintenance, hardscaping, softscaping, irrigation and more, ensuring your landscape not only survives but thrives.
Maintenance in the Cold
Winter landscape maintenance is crucial for safety and aesthetics. Regular snow removal from pathways, parking lots, and entryways prevents accidents and maintains accessibility. Use eco-friendly, plant-safe de-icing agents to minimize the environmental impact and protect your vegetation. Additionally, monitor tree branches regularly; the weight of snow and ice can cause branches to break, posing hazards. Timely pruning, especially for older or weakened trees, reduces this risk and keeps your landscape safe and tidy.
Hardscaping in Winter
Inspect hardscapes before the first snowfall. Cracks in walkways or patios can worsen when water freezes and expands. Early repairs prevent costly damages. If you have heated driveways or walkways, check their functionality to ensure smooth operation throughout the winter. For non-heated surfaces, consider options like anti-slip mats or sand to improve traction and prevent falls.
Winter is also a good time to plan hardscape improvements. While installation may wait until spring, designing and planning during the winter allows for a more thoughtful approach and ensures that you’re ready to go when the weather warms up. Consider consulting with a landscape designer to envision new hardscaping elements that can transform your space in the coming year.
Choosing the right plants is key to a successful winter softscape. Opt for native species that are adapted to the climate. They are more likely to survive harsh conditions and require less maintenance. Remember to mulch around your plants; this helps to regulate soil temperature and retain moisture, providing an extra layer of protection against the cold.
For existing plants, winter is a time for care and protection. Consistently knocking wet & heavy snow off of hedges can prevent long term or even irreparable damage. It’s also important to avoid walking on frozen lawns, as this can damage the grass beneath the snow. Pay special attention to areas under eaves where icicles and snow accumulations can fall and damage plants below.
Irrigation System Winterization
Winterizing your irrigation system is a must to prevent damage from freezing temperatures. This involves blowing out all the water from the pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads. If you have an automated system, shut it down, blow out the system and insulate any exposed parts to protect them from the cold.
It’s also a good time to review your irrigation plan. Assess the performance of your system over the past year and plan for any necessary repairs or upgrades. This proactive approach ensures that when spring arrives, your system is ready to efficiently water your landscape.
Now is the Time to Plan Your Dream Landscape
Winter landscaping in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley demands a strategic approach to ensure the longevity and beauty of your outdoor spaces. At Premier Landscaping, we’re equipped to help organizations across various sectors, including strata, commercial, education, and healthcare, in managing their winter landscaping needs. Contact us to begin crafting a beautiful, functional outdoor space that endures all season long.