Winter

Some of our days are getting really nice and warm! No doubt that it’s got you thinking spring and being outdoors. As you prepare for spring and begin to think about your mulching needs, there are few things to keep in mind.
Prepare the area:

Pull weeds or cut them close to the ground, if you are mulching for weed control. While not strictly necessary, it will help the mulch, and anything under it, to lay flat, and it will slow down the weed growth. Remember, mulch prevents weed growth by excluding light.
Enrich the soil and dig the beds, if you plan to do so.
Lay down anything you want under the mulch, such as landscaping fabric or plastic.
Add a generous thickness of mulch. The depth of mulch is really important if you want to retain moisture and prevent weed growth. Aim for at least two to four inches (5-10cm) of depth.

Better yet, if you don't want to deal with the hassle of mulching (and it can make for a tiring day), give us a call! We have a Mulch Special of 10% off (when we spread it) until the end of March!

Hopefully, you brought in your tender plants for the winter. Continue protecting container plants from cold temperatures, and don’t forget to water them! We are getting some warm days but that can be misleading. It is best to wait to purchase new plants for your outdoor areas, too. Spring is still a month away. You can, however, still shop for seeds!
Inspect your patio furniture and see what maintenance needs to be done. You can also start shopping for new cushions, as most stores are bringing out their outdoor items now. While you’re at it, Check for winter damage. Snow and rain may have created issues such as drainage problems or rotted wood that will need addressing at the start of the growing season.
Of course, when winter comes, you can hole up indoors like everyone else. Or you can add an elegant fire pit to your patio and enjoy the outdoors year-round. If you're opting for the latter, the question is really a matter of maintenance—which fire pit best serves your needs? Here's a rundown of three types of outdoor fire pits to help you decide:

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't adorn your porch and yard with beautiful plants! Most people assume that, if their landscaping doesn't already include planted evergreens, then decorative greenery is out of the question for the cold season. But as long as you consider your local climate before purchasing, potted plants can be your best friend.

Christmas may have already come and gone, but that doesn't mean your curb appeal has to get any less festive! While you might be packing away the jingle bells and electric candy canes, there's still a variety of outdoor decorations that will brighten up your winter style.