As the winter chill sets in, it’s not just us who need to bundle up and stay warm – our gardens and landscapes require special care too! At Estes Landscaping, we understand the importance of protecting your outdoor oasis during these colder months. Here are our top tips for ensuring your landscape weathers the winter beautifully.

1. Mulch for Moisture and Protection

Mulching isn’t just for aesthetic appeal. Adding a layer of mulch around your plants can help retain moisture in the soil and provide a barrier against cold temperatures. Organic mulches, like shredded bark or leaf mold, add nutrients back into the soil as they decompose.

2. Wrap Your Trees and Shrubs

Young trees and certain shrubs are vulnerable to cold winds and frost. Wrapping them in burlap or using a tree wrap can prevent frostbite and damage from cold winds. Don’t forget to protect the roots of your plants with extra soil or mulch!

3. Keep Hydrating

Believe it or not, winter droughts are a thing. On warmer days, give your plants a drink, especially those under eaves or in sheltered areas where natural precipitation doesn’t reach.

4. Pruning: A Winter Task

Late winter is an ideal time for pruning many types of deciduous trees and shrubs. Pruning while plants are dormant encourages new growth in spring. Just make sure to research or consult with a professional as some plants are best pruned at other times of the year.

5. Pay Attention to Evergreens

Evergreens can dry out during the winter. Spraying an anti-desiccant on them can help reduce water loss through their leaves. This is especially important if they’re young or in exposed sites.

6. Guard Against Frost Heaving

Fluctuating temperatures can lead to frost heaving, where plants are literally pushed out of the ground. To prevent this, keep your garden well-watered until the ground freezes, and then add a layer of mulch for insulation.

7. Protect from Salt Damage

If you live in an area where roads and sidewalks are salted, be mindful of salt damage to plants. Use plant-friendly de-icing products, and create barriers with burlap to protect closer-to-the-road plants.

8. Winter-Friendly Wildlife

Consider adding elements to your landscape that help local wildlife. Bird feeders, suet blocks for birds, and leaving seed heads on plants can provide crucial food sources for animals during the lean winter months.


While your landscape may not be actively growing in the winter, it doesn’t mean you should forget about it. Taking the right steps during the colder months can ensure a healthy, beautiful comeback in the spring. If you have specific concerns about your landscape or need professional help, the team at Estes Landscaping is here to assist you through every season.

Remember, a little effort in the winter can lead to stunning rewards in the spring. Stay warm and happy gardening!