If you have a commercial landscape, then you know just how important landscaping is; your landscaping represents your business. It’s important to have a landscape that can be vibrant during the summer while also being able to support heavy loads of snow and freezing temperatures during the winter. This is a thin line to tread, and preparing your landscape for cold weather while still making it look good during warm weather can be difficult. The most efficient strategy is to use plants that bloom in summer and die back or “hibernate” in winter, so the winter snow will not damage any sensitive branches that are trying to survive. Here are a few other tips for preparing your landscape for cold weather.
Prepare Your Commercial Landscape for Snow and Cold Temperatures
Snow and extreme cold are the most threatening elements of winter for delicate landscapes. Heavy loads of snow that get plowed on top of landscaped areas can break branches and stifle any plants that are still trying to survive. Road salt can also damage and kill delicate plants, leaving you with a dirty, unsightly mess you need to have removed and replaced come spring. Here are a few ways you can avoid the common pitfalls caused by cold fall and winter weather.
- October is almost here, which means it’s time to plant a fall favorite: chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums have earned their place as a favorite fall flower because they’re hardy and they also come in a wide variety of gorgeous fall colors. You can also add ornamental pepper plants for some vibrant color and ornamental kale for some color that will last until the winter.
- Consider where your snow storage areas will be. These areas should have plants that are hardy and that you cut back during the winter. Panicum virgatum Shenandoah, also known as Weeping Switch Grass, is a great choice for snow storage areas, as they are cut back during winter and then grow into graceful ornamental bushes during the spring, summer, and fall.
- Be sure that you plan for one snow storage area for about every 100 square feet of driveway or parking lot. Also make sure that the placement of these areas will not hinder the movement of snow plows.
- If possible, try to use road salts that are less harmful to plants. When the snow melts and temperatures return to above freezing, rinse off landscaped areas to decrease exposure to harmful road salt chemicals.
- You may want to consider some different drainage methods to make sure that you don’t end up with lots of puddles and standing water as the snow melts.
Rhine Landscaping has the knowledge and expertise to take these steps and do so much more to make sure your landscaping looks its best all year round! If you need help preparing your commercial landscape for fall and winter, give us a call today!
Get Ready for Fall and Winter with Rhine Landscaping
We’ve got extensive background in landscaping, so that you can feel assured your lawn will be taken care of correctly, no matter what. Our landscaping experts will help to make your landscaping dreams a reality, and your property the talk of the town.
Landscapes are complicated to design and implement. If you’re ready to call for help, then you can contact Rhine Landscaping by giving us a call at 410-442-2445. We’ve got the knowledge your landscape needs to get it ready for summer.