Winter Landscape Maintenance

Winter Thoughts for Spring Series

Part 1 of 3

Tips to Help your Landscape Weather the Winter

The weather is cold and frosty, and those warm summer evenings and fall leaves are a distant memory. Spring feels far away, but is actually just around the corner. Trees are beginning to bloom, and daffodils and tulips are poking their heads up after the long winter. In this 3 part series we will provide tips on how to prepare your landscape for spring.

Existing Plantings:

Your landscape probably looks mostly dormant right now. The cold weather and short days slow plant growth and most bloom is a distant memory. Here are a few things you can do to help your landscape weather the winter:

  • Your irrigation system should be turned off. The rain in most northern California micro-climates should be enough to sustain your plantings over the winter season.
  • Trim away old bloom and dead wood. This will lead to healthier fuller growth come spring.
  • Review the shape and size of the plant, early spring is a good time to use natural pruning techniques to reshape many woody shrubs and reduce plant “legginess”.
  • Watch the overnight low temperatures and try to cover and plants that can’t do well with the cold. Succulents, citrus and hydrangeas are common plants that don’t do well in the cold.
  • Consider adding mulch to your planting beds. A 3 inch – 4 inch layer of mulch can act as insulation, protecting plant roots for extreme temperatures

Next in this Series - Irrigation tips