During the winter, it may seem that there's not much you can do to improve your curb appeal. The wet weather, wind, and cold temperatures can take a toll on your outdoor space, making it look uninviting and just plain unattractive. If you want to keep your lawn and backyard looking reasonably good throughout the winter, here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Control the Mulch
Mulch is helpful for protecting the roots of plants, trees, and bushes that ornament the exterior of your home. However, it can get blown or tracked beyond the borders of the beds and scattered around the yard. During the winter, you can keep the mulch under control by gently raking the edges of the beds to keep it contained. If a storm has spread more mulch around your yard, ruining the look of the snow or grass, rake it up. It is considered yard waste, so you'll need to dispose of it as your county or city policy dictates.
- Introduce Evergreen Plants and Shrubs
Once you're in the dead in of winter, it's too late to introduce any new plants to your yard. However, you can take stock of what you currently have and decide if you need to add any additional shrubs or trees to add to your curb appeal during the winter. Some evergreen bushes or trees could improve the curb appeal of your home year-round. Note any needs now, and be prepared to install the new plants or shrubs once spring comes.
- Clean Up Fallen Branches
Did the latest big storm knock some branches and twigs off your trees? Go out and pick up the litter! That dry, dormant grass looks worse when it's covered with dead branches; and if you have a nice blanket of white snow, the fallen boughs look even worse, marring the effect. Clear them out and burn them in your fire pit or dispose of them as yard waste.
- Shovel Porches, Paths, Decks, and Driveways
If you have snow in your area, you'll need to take steps to ensure that your outdoor space is safe and hospitable for guests. Shovel the driveway and walkways, providing neat paths to and from your driveway and backyard. If you have a deck or porch, shovel the snow off that as well, using a non-metallic shovel that won't scratch the wooden floor.
- Add Exterior Lights
The days of fall and winter are notoriously short. Take advantage of those extra hours of darkness to light up your home. Have you been getting by with just one light by the front door? Deck out your home with some additional lampposts, lantern-style lights, or other outdoor lighting that will make the place glow invitingly every night. Porches and decks are excellent places to add new exterior lights; you can also put one or two along the path leading from your driveway to your house.
If you need extra mulch, edging, soil, or other landscaping supplies during the winter or throughout the year, contact Kurtz Bros., Inc. Our easy-to-use website makes ordering simple, and our friendly staff are ready to help you with all your landscaping and yard maintenance needs.