How to Brighten Your Landscape During Winter
Do you find that your landscape starts looking a little drab in winter? Do you have a few too many dead branches and not quite enough life in your yard or garden during the cold months? Fortunately, a few landscaping changes can help make your yard look attractive even during the darkest days and lowest temperatures. Here are a few of our favorite solutions.
Use Attractive Bird Feeders
Bird feeders are an excellent way to bring life to a cold winter garden. Plenty of birds are on the watch for sources of food during harsh winters, and will quickly swoop in to take advantage of the seed. However, it's important to set up a bird feeder that is easy to see from the house, in a central location, and sturdy enough to resist winter storms! Set up birdfeeders on either side of your home if you have plenty yard space, but remember that a lot of seed will get scattered around on the ground, so cleanup is important.
Creating Vibrant Window Boxes and Garden Pots
Paint your window boxes and garden pots rich colors that will shine through even during a drab winter. A few splashes of color in your yard is an excellent way to make the garden feel cozier during the winter, but it may be hard to find things you can paint or touch up. Garden pots and vases make excellent subjects, just make sure that you use a paint or glaze that can withstand the weather or buy new pots with brighter colors for a transplanting project. Boxes may be easier to paint in the moment. Remember to match your colors in a scheme that complements your yard or adds curb appeal without clashing.
Include Winter Plants That Look Great in Cold Weather
Plenty of plants continue to look good even in winter. If you want to target plants that look particularly good in winter, evergreens are a natural choice, especially those with beautiful needles like blue spruce. However, also pay attention to plants with beautiful bark (which will show up in winter), plants with berries that will last into winter, and perennials with evergreen foliage.
Add Exciting Landscape Lighting
When the sun falls, you can still have an impressive yard or garden with the right lighting. Use a combination of spotlights and ground lights to light up trails and plants or landscape features that you are particularly proud of. This can work well even in the snow, since the lights can bring interesting silhouettes and shadows to your yard when nothing else is going on. LED lights are proving to be a great choice since they are durable and long-lasting, but lights do take some planning to get right.
Do you have questions about your landscaping? Let us help! Give us a call today at Meyers Green Services to get started.