Welcome to another post from Estes Landscaping, where we understand the challenges and beauty of landscaping in Maryland’s unpredictable climate. Just last week, we experienced a dramatic shift from a freezing 8 degrees with 5 inches of snow to a pleasant 70 degrees and sunny weather. Such extreme weather changes pose unique challenges for landscaping, but worry not, we’re here to guide you through preparing and protecting your garden.

Understanding Maryland’s Weather and Your Landscape

Maryland’s weather can be a rollercoaster, with temperatures swinging wildly within a short period. This unpredictability can stress plants, lawns, and landscape features. The key to managing this is understanding and preparing.

1. Plant Selection:

Choose plants native to Maryland or those that can adapt to its changing weather. Native plants are more resilient to local climate fluctuations and require less maintenance. For instance, Black-Eyed Susans and American Holly can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and soil conditions.

2. Soil Care:

Extreme weather can take a toll on soil quality. After a cold snap, soil can become compacted, while a sudden warm spell may dry it out. We recommend regular aeration to improve drainage and reduce compaction. Adding organic matter like compost helps in maintaining soil health, providing nutrients, and improving moisture retention.

3. Water Management:

Proper irrigation is crucial. During unseasonal warm spells, check soil moisture levels and water accordingly. In contrast, during freezing conditions, avoid watering as it can lead to ice formation, which can damage plant roots. We at Estes Landscaping customize irrigation systems to suit the specific needs of your landscape, ensuring optimal watering regardless of the weather.

4. Protecting Plants:

In freezing temperatures, tender plants need protection. Use burlap or frost cloths to shield them from frost and snow. As the weather warms up, remove these covers to prevent overheating and provide proper ventilation.

5. Mulching:

Mulch acts as an insulator. It keeps the soil warm during cold snaps and cool during heat waves. It also helps in retaining moisture and preventing weed growth. We recommend a fresh layer of mulch before the onset of winter and again in early spring.

6. Regular Maintenance:

Regular pruning, weeding, and inspection for pests and diseases are vital. These practices keep your landscape healthy and better prepared to withstand weather extremes.

7. Professional Landscaping Services:

At Estes Landscaping, we offer professional services to prepare your landscape for any weather. From seasonal cleanups to installing protective features, our expertise ensures your garden remains beautiful and healthy year-round.


Maryland’s extreme weather demands a proactive and informed approach to landscaping. By selecting the right plants, caring for the soil, managing water effectively, protecting plants, mulching, and maintaining your garden regularly, you can mitigate the impacts of weather fluctuations. And with Estes Landscaping by your side, you have a partner who understands and can navigate these challenges effectively. Stay ahead of the weather with us, and keep your landscape thriving no matter what Mother Nature throws your way!