“What do you do in the winter?”


Yes, we are now into our ‘slow’ season.  Although we would love to vacation in warmer weather, we have the winter months to get a lot of work accomplished in preparation for our busier seasons.   We are often asked, “What do you do in the winter time”?  Our answer: There is a lot we can do over the winter months.    

1.      Design and planning for the spring.  Spring hits us earlier than you think.  By early March we are hitting the ground running on our planting projects.  We even start spring maintenance projects mid-February if weather allows.  December and January is a great time to contact us for your spring landscaping project. 

2.      Hardscaping.  We can do most dry laid patios and walkways during the winter, even during the cold snaps.  We have insulating blankets that we can cover over the work area to keep the ground and materials from freezing.

3.      Clearing wooded areas and removal of unwanted plants.  Winter is the best time to clear out the weedy, overgrown areas of your property.  It’s best to remove thorny branches and poison ivy when covered up in layers of clothes.  We are sure to flag the desirable native plants (i.e. Dogwood, Winterberry, and Viburnum) so they can be identified and saved.    

4.      Bed preparation.  If the ground isn’t frozen or covered by snow, we can rototill and amend new beds in preparation for spring installation.  This is a good way to phase in a planting design over time, but still have plants in the ground long before the heat of summer is upon us.   

5.      Tree and shrub planting.  Many deciduous trees and shrubs are available year round and can be installed in the winter – such as Oaks, Maples, Dogwoods, and Redbuds.

6.      Transplant dormant material.  We can relocate any type of plant during this time of year.  Perennials, shrubs and trees have a greater success rate in relocation while they are dormant.  Many plants go through a shock when moved in the warmer seasons and some don’t recover.  This is one reason why landscapers don’t warranty transplanted material.     

7.      Rest and reflect.  No better time than after New Year’s to pause to look back at the year to see what changes, if any, we should make for the year ahead.  It’s during this time of the year that we decide whether to upgrade equipment, expand our services, etc…

Oddly enough, the ‘slow season’ is the best time to get a jump on the New Year’s gardening.