As the vibrant hues of autumn give way to the brisk chill of winter, it’s time to prepare your commercial landscape for the colder months ahead. A well-prepared landscape not only ensures its survival through winter but also sets the stage for lush, robust growth in spring. At Estes Landscaping, we specialize in transitioning landscapes from the warmth of fall to the frost of winter. Here are key steps to get your commercial landscape winter-ready.

1. Conduct a Thorough Cleanup

Begin with clearing fallen leaves, debris, and dead vegetation. This not only keeps your property looking neat but also prevents the growth of fungi and pests that thrive in decaying plant matter.

2. Prune Trees and Shrubs

Late fall is the perfect time for pruning many types of trees and shrubs. Removing dead or diseased branches helps prevent winter storm damage and promotes healthier growth next season.

3. Protect Vulnerable Plants

Wrap delicate shrubs and young trees in burlap to shield them from harsh winds and heavy snow. For particularly sensitive plants, consider using frost protection fabrics.

4. Adjust Watering Schedules

As temperatures drop, reduce watering frequency. However, ensure that your landscape goes into winter with moist soil to protect roots from freezing.

5. Apply Mulch for Insulation

A fresh layer of mulch around trees and flower beds acts as an insulator, keeping soil temperatures more consistent and protecting roots from extreme cold.

6. Manage Irrigation Systems

Winterize your irrigation system by draining all water from pipes, sprinklers, and hoses to prevent freezing and cracking.

7. Fertilize the Lawn

Apply a winter fertilizer to strengthen your lawn’s roots. This will give it a head start when the warm weather returns.

8. Plant Bulbs for Spring Blooms

Fall is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. This preparation ensures a burst of color when winter fades.

9. Prepare for Snow and Ice

Plan your snow and ice removal strategy in advance. Stock up on eco-friendly de-icing agents and ensure your equipment or service contracts are in place.

10. Consider Seasonal Decor

To keep your landscape visually appealing in the dormant months, add winter-themed decorations like lighting, evergreen wreaths, or seasonal displays.

11. Evaluate and Plan for Next Year

Take this time to assess your current landscape’s performance and plan any redesigns or improvements for the next year.


Properly preparing your commercial landscape for fall and winter is crucial for its long-term health and vitality. It’s a proactive approach that pays off throughout the year. At Estes Landscaping, we are here to help you every step of the way, ensuring your landscape is well-cared for and ready to withstand the winter months. Contact us for expert assistance in preparing your landscape for the colder seasons.