As the winter months roll in, the landscape of our commercial properties faces new challenges. Cold temperatures, snow, ice, and reduced daylight hours can take a toll on even the hardiest of landscapes. However, with the right care and preparation, your commercial landscape can not only survive but also thrive during the winter. Here are some essential tips and tricks from Estes Landscaping to help maintain the beauty and health of your commercial landscape in the cold season.


1. Prioritize Safety

First and foremost, ensure that walkways, driveways, and parking lots are safe for employees and visitors. Regularly remove snow and ice and use eco-friendly de-icing products to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

2. Protect Your Plants

Some plants need extra protection from the cold. Wrap sensitive trees and shrubs in burlap to shield them from harsh winds and frost. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of plants to provide insulation for roots.

3. Prune Trees and Shrubs

Winter is an ideal time for pruning many types of trees and shrubs. Removing dead or weakened branches helps prevent damage from snow and ice accumulation and encourages healthier growth in spring.

4. Manage Snow Removal

Efficient snow management is crucial in maintaining accessibility and aesthetics. Plan for where to pile snow to minimize damage to your landscape and ensure that it doesn’t block visibility or access.

5. Winter Watering

While overwatering can be harmful, some plants, especially evergreens, might need occasional watering during dry spells in the winter. Be sure to water when temperatures are above freezing, and the soil is not frozen.

6. Assess and Plan

Use the slower winter months to assess your current landscape and plan for improvements or changes in the spring. Consider how different areas of your landscape fared and what adjustments might be needed.

7. Seasonal Decor

Adding winter-friendly decor, like evergreen wreaths, outdoor lighting, or hardscape elements, can enhance the visual appeal of your commercial property during the dreary winter months.

8. Care for Wildlife

Consider incorporating elements in your landscape that provide shelter and food for wildlife during the winter. Bird feeders and leaving seed heads on plants can support local ecosystems.


Winter landscape maintenance requires a different approach compared to other seasons, but it’s just as important. By following these tips, you can ensure that your commercial property remains safe, functional, and attractive throughout the winter months. At Estes Landscaping, we’re committed to helping you maintain a beautiful landscape year-round. Contact us for more personalized advice or assistance with your winter landscaping needs!