If you have an outdoor space at your home, you will know how the different months can affect it, for better or for worse. From gardens to porches, driveways to ponds, there are plenty of ways that you can ensure your yard is kept looking its best all year round, and you don’t have to be a gardening pro. If you live in a particularly cold area and experience harsher winters, then here are just three ideas to help you maintain your yard during this time.
Removing Snow and Leaves
As the seasons change, your yard will too. Using a Troy-Bilt snow blower will help to clear snow from your driveway or lawn. There are three different categories of snow blowers, and the type that you need will depend on several factors, such as the amount of snowfall and the surfaces you are clearing. As fall comes along, the leaves in your yard will begin to brown and fall off, leaving you will a carpet of dead leaves. While this is great for your compost heap, it may not be the look you are going for in your yard. A leaf blower is a useful addition to your garden shed, as well as a rake to help you gather any excess debris. You can then dispose of the leaves in different ways, but a popular option is to add them to your compost heap, as this is good for the environment and local habitats for wildlife.
Water features such as ponds and fountains are incredibly popular, as they offer a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, can boost the value of a property, and encourage wildlife. They also require maintenance to keep them safe and looking their best, and this must be done throughout the year. In the winter, it is important to keep the water moving to avoid it from freezing. Making sure the water in your feature is always moving will also help keep it free from algae, as this is what can appear when the water is old, stagnant, and dirty. Furthermore, keeping an eye on the surrounding plants and trees, and removing debris from the water feature, will also help to keep the feature looking great and working properly.
Plants and Flowers
Did you know that certain plants and bulbs should be planted at different times of the year? While it may be tempting to plant everything in one go, planning your garden and ensuring that seasonal blooms and veggies are planted at the correct time will ensure that your yard is flowering all year round and to its full potential. Certain plants will thrive in different climates, and there are many factors that will affect the health of the final plant, such as the amount of sunlight and water it gets, the type of soil it is in, and the weather. For winter, plants that grow well during this time need to be hardy and include violas, heather, holly, and juniper.