Landscaping in Colorado Springs is pretty much shut down in the winter time, but that doesn't mean that your house has to look dirty and old. Listed below are are few ideas that you can do, to help enhance your homes curb appeal and even get you outside in the winter time.
Now is the time of year to invest time in the maintenance of your existing grass, shrubbery, and plants. In order to prepare your lawn for cooler days ahead, cutting grass to a height of 2″ and applying fall fertilizer no later than mid-October.
In addition, lawns should be given a good soaking before your irrigation system is shut down for the season, spring flowering perennials should be cut back to within 2″ of the ground, and spring flowering shrubs should be pruned as required to maintain their desired size and shape.
In order to protect perennials and other plants that may be sensitive to cold weather, Wheeler suggests a covering of 2″ or 3″ of organic mulch. When it comes to transplanting, Wheeler advises that evergreens be transplanted no later than mid-October and deciduous plants no later than mid-November.
Also, as an ongoing grass maintenance measure throughout the fall season, don’t forget to rake leaves on a regular basis. In addition to cluttering the lawn, unattended leaves can damage the grass underneath either by trapping moisture or preventing water from reaching the grass.
2. Add winter trees, shrubbery, and perennials to enhance curb appeal.
Although spring is typically the season in which homeowners tend to invest time, money, and effort in landscaping, you can incorporate a number of trees, shrubs, and plants into your landscape design in early fall to enhance the appearance of your home throughout the cooler seasons.
Evergreens are ideal for adding interest due to their ability to withstand cold temperatures and still retain their color and foliage year-round. The branches of evergreens also serve as beautiful snow catchers, adding contrast and dimension to your landscape once the snow begins to fall.
In addition to using brightly colored pots and evergreens to introduce color, you may also want to plant a few winter-fruit-bearing shrubs, such as hollies, American beautyberries, crab apples, viburnum, and snowberries. These shrubs not only expand your winter landscape palette beyond traditional greens and browns, but their fruit also serves as an important food source for birds throughout the winter.
3. Use lighting, statues, and other architectural elements to create interest.
When used in moderation, artistic landscaping elements have the ability to add both personality and curb appeal. Strategically placed items, such as lit stone pathways, arbors with strings of lights, birdfeeders, benches, statues, and other features can add visual interest and create contrast against an otherwise stark backdrop….More at Maintaining Curb Appeal Throughout the Fall and Winter Seasons
Consulting with a local landscaping company, can give you more ideas and precautionaries on winter landscaping. CLICK HERE to see how Coaches Landscaping can help!