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Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter (December- February)

Trees and Shrubs

  • Prune trees as needed to shape and raise the undercarriage (as temperatures allow)
  • Cut out infected and damages limbs while in dormancy
  • Prune shrubs to allow for penetration of light and moisture
  • Avoid pruning spring blooming trees and shrubs
  • Use a broom to gently remove excess snow build up on evergreens to prevent limb damage
  • Begin mulch applications toward winter’s end


  • Mark out your lawn edges as to avoid damage to your lawn when shoveling walkways
  • Avoid walking on frost and snow covered lawns


  • Remove leaves, weeds, debris, etc. from planted areas
  • Apply post-emergent weed control as needed
  • Check perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots are coming up
  • If they are, gently push them back into the ground
  • Install spring bulbs by Nov 30th
  • After February 15th, apply pre-emergent weed control


  • Keep walkways and driveways clear of snow and ice. Use non-salt deicers as salt causes damage to the turf and plants. Salt will also prevent the plants from much needed water uptake.
  • Driveways, Patios, and Walks
  • Inspect for and fix any uneven surfaces
  • Consult an expert for assistance


  • Continue planning and designing next year’s landscaping projects