Colder weather brings more than frigid temperatures when it comes to the outdoors. From the snow, sleet, rain, leaves, and debris that seasonal changes cause, you might struggle to maintain your yard space.
But, failing to maintain your property during the colder months can cause quite a bit of trouble. Not only will it be an eye-sore to potential clients, but it puts your business at risk. Having unkempt grounds can be dangerous and lead to slips, falls, property damage, infestations, and more.
Given how important it is to maintain your yard space, we’ve compiled our top tips to keep your outdoor areas looking beautiful this fall.
1. Turn Over Mulch
The fall is the perfect time to give your mulch a refresh. So, if you use mulch in any area of your commercial space, take advantage of the crisper air to refresh it. This time of year is perfect for it because the summer tends to bring harsh sunlight which can deteriorate it. Simply turning over the current layer will help to extend the mulch’s lifespan, all while improving the property’s curb appeal.
Thatch is dead grass roots and stems which naturally build up on lawns over time. Although a natural part of the landscape, it is something that you will want to remove. Having dead roots and stems around your property can be an eyesore. Plus, these added elements can even harm the health of the landscape as it creates a perfect nesting spot for insects and rodents. That’s why it’s important to remove them come the fall.
3. Protect Shrubs and Trees
It’s a good idea to wrap new shrubs and trees around your property before the temperatures really begin to drop. The wrapping should be done before the first frost of the season as a way to protect and maintain them through the cold. Wrapping your trunks with a weather-approved material (or burlap) works as a wind barrier. In turn, keeping out the freezing temperatures and reducing any salt damage caused by de-icing in the winter.
4. Remove Fall Annuals and Protect Perennials
If you’ve planted seasonal fall annuals, you must have these removed before the colder months move in. Otherwise, keeping these plants around your property in the winter will leave it looking bare.
To replace these in your space, consider planting some cold-resistant perennial plants that can add life back to the space. When planting these perennials, it’s suggested to have the stems within an inch from the ground. This inch of space can then be filled with things like pine needles, straw, or hay to help protect the plant during the colder months. Otherwise, a damaging freeze could kill the plants and ruin the appeal of the outdoor space.
5. Schedule Tree Trimming
The perfect time of year to remove dead or overgrown branches is in the colder months. That’s because many trees and shrubs are dormant during this time of year. And when a plant is dormant, it won’t waste energy trying to recover from the trimming.
6. Prepare Snow Load Areas
If your property is in an area that experiences heavy snow in the winter, begin preparing for it in the fall. This means you should come up with a plan on where to put it all. These snow loading areas should free any plants, and not block any sort of pathways or entries to your building. The area that’s chosen should also be easy to access (either on foot or by snowplow operators). As well, depending on the size of your property, you may want to consider setting up multiple load zones. Keep in mind these zones should also be able to accommodate the heaviness of it. So, try to pick an area that contains a layer of mulch or grass.
7. Be Mindful of Sand and Salt
Commercial property owners tend to use a lot of salt, or ice melt to prevent slips and falls. However, if you can avoid over-salting during the season, it’s highly recommended. This means rethinking some drainage strategies in the fall that prevent puddles and pooling water. Doing this will minimize ice from building up, and the need to use as much. As well, be mindful to clean up all sand and salt as soon as possible. Not doing this will burn plants and damage the soil and surrounding environment.
Ultimately, we understand how difficult it can be to maintain your commercial months when the weather changes. That’s why we suggest speaking with a member of our team. With more than sixty years of combined experience, State of the Art Landscape is able to provide superior landscape advice and service that’s customized for you.
If you’d be interested in seeing how we could help your business thrive, get in touch at 703-421-3666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.