Don’t let anyone fool you. Creating a full, healthy, beautiful yard isn’t easy. And one of the biggest challenges is figuring out what to do with your landscape during the cooler seasons. Between preparing for the holidays, helping the kids with school exams, and keeping up with the interior of your house, the drop in temperature can become a “cop out” for many of us when it comes to yard care. “Plants are going dormant anyways, so I can just wait to make big changes in the spring.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. But as Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” The equation is simple: planning equals spring and summer beauty. But arriving at that result requires more effort than elementary math. Don’t know where to start? Use this roadmap as a guide to take yourself through the process required to create stunning improvements to your landscape. We promise you’ll reap the fruits of your labor once the weather warms up.
Your yard is an extension of your home, so it should be a reflection of you while meeting personal needs. Understanding what you want is key. Is there a specific area you want to improve? Does your lifestyle demand low-maintenance plants, or do you like working in the yard? Do you prefer English looks, Farmhouse, or Victorian? Your fall and winter planting plan will be based on these preferences, so spend some time thinking about them.
The next step in your roadmap is to understand your landscape, its context, and its potential. This is all about making sure that the plants and changes you choose don’t neglect any natural limitations or risks. For example, will the tree or shrub be the appropriate size for the location? Are you near wildlife that could disrupt flowering plant growth? Is there enough shade or sunlight in the designated area? This article, “The 25 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes” has some considerations peppered throughout the list, to help get you started.
Understanding how to meet your stylistic preferences with plants that are appropriate for the context of your yard is a challenge. That’s where expert advice can help. Once you’ve taken note of the basics of your landscape, seek out resources to assist you in selecting appropriate plants and design options. There are experts at the local Baton Rouge nurseries who can answer your questions, and thousands of resources available online. For starters, check out the LSU AgCenter’s lawn & garden online library.
Now it’s time to bring your vision to life. Since Louisiana doesn’t see much snowfall, November through February is the prime time for planting. Your new shoots and sprouts won’t be growing blooms or leaves, so they direct all their energy to establishing roots. If you plan on shaping up existing trees and shrubs, prune when they’re bare. That way, you can clearly see the branches and shape them to your liking.
Wouldn’t it be nice if your yard would take care of itself? Sadly, that’s not the name of the game. Like we mentioned, maintaining a landscape on your own is a challenge. Do your homework to understand the proper care necessary to nurture your trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout the winter season to ensure that they green up in the spring. TruGreen Midsouth has a variety of lawn and plant care services that are designed to promote growth and guarantee that your plants are nurtured, protected, and enriched. You can learn about those services here.
And, as always, remember that you’re not laying concrete, here. Gardening and landscaping is meant to be an enjoyable, iterative process. Learn from your mistakes, celebrate the successes, and make adjustments next year!Request your free quote today!