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5 Fun Backyard Winter Landscaping Tips

5 Fun Backyard Winter Landscaping Tips

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Landscaping in the winter is generally the furthest thing from a homeowner’s mind. After all, the fields lay fallow, and a bright grey blanket of cold lays over the frozen ground and monochromatic backyards. But with a little preparation, there are several ways that your backyard can be just as beautiful during the dead months of winter as during summer’s brightness. Here are 5 way to make your yard beautiful.


Not all plants die in the winter, and evergreen trees are not just for the living room. There are many plants that thrive when it is cold outside, and can bring warmth and beauty to your backyard. Evergreen trees are just one thing that can make you feel like you are walking through a colored Capra movie. Those are well-known, but also try planting berry trees, which bloom through the winter, and add an explosion of color to a dull sky. Apple trees bloom late in the fall, and so keep their vibrancy as winter progresses. Also, you get apples, and that isn’t a bad thing. Certified tree planting experts can help you design your yard and plant your trees. In addition to trees, poinsettias ensure a colorful Christmas feeling at any point of the winter.


There are few things more dramatic in the winter than a well-planned rock and sculpture garden to collect the soft snow and from which hang stalactites of ice. They can give a backyard, especially one locked in frozen winter, a certain feeling of topography, of depth. Be sure to let qualified landscape planners and technicians help you achieve your dream winter wonderland.


Baseball may leave you to face the chill rains alone, as the fellow once said, but that can be replaced by winter sports, the king of which is hockey. You can turn your backyard into a professional ice-skating rick to practice either your pirouettes or slap-shots. NiceRink will come to your home and install your rink, so that you can enjoy the health and social benefits of having a rink in your yard without the hassle of installation. Ordering before the first freeze can get you a 50% discount, as well!


What good is it to have dramatic rock gardens and beautiful trees if no one can see them? No good at all, is what it is. But there is no need to flood your backyard with prison-break klieg lights. No, what you’d want is something more subtle, and something expert electricians can help you with. What you would be looking for are a small series of lights to back-light and the trees and cast long shadows, playing with and reflecting the snow, creating an illusion of both more space and more cozy intimacy.


Just as thinking of tropical latitudes can help you through winter’s often punishing length, preparing for your summer garden can fill you with warm thoughts. Before the ground gets too frozen and covered and the air gets too cold, plant some early spring crops. Certain veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and beetroot should be planted before the first thaw, so when spring peeks around the corner again, you can celebrate with beetroot.

So don’t let winter get you down. The idea of caroling, of the warmth of the holidays, is that the longest and darkest nights of the year can also be some of the warmest. In the same way, having a backyard that compliments and in some ways controls winter can help you feel warm and strong until the crocuses make their next appearance.

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