Winterizing Your New Hampshire Landscape

Holly Shrub in Winter

As winter approaches in New Hampshire, it’s crucial to prepare your landscape for the harsh weather conditions that lie ahead. From freezing temperatures to heavy snowfall, taking proactive steps to protect your lawn and gardens can make a significant difference in preserving the health and beauty of your outdoor space. Here we’ll explore five essential things you can do to help you prepare your yard for winter here in the Granite State.

Lawn Irrigation System Blowout

irrigation head winter blowout

One of the first tasks on your winterization checklist should be to have your lawn irrigation system blown out. New Hampshire’s cold winters can lead to frozen valves and lines, causing costly damage to your irrigation system.

Hiring a professional to blow out the system ensures that water is completely removed, preventing freezing and potential damage. This step is crucial in maintaining the integrity of your irrigation system and avoiding expensive repairs come spring.

Mulching Sensitive Plants

bark mulch spread under boxwood

Not all plants are equipped to handle the winter chill, especially in New Hampshire. To protect sensitive plants that aren’t winter hardy, consider adding a thick layer of mulch around their base before the cold sets in.

Mulch acts as insulation, helping to regulate soil temperature and retain moisture. Apply a generous layer of mulch around the root zone of vulnerable plants, providing them with an extra layer of protection against the winter cold.

Snow Damage Prevention for Shrubs and Landscape Plants

ice buildup on a landscape shrub

Heavy snow can wreak havoc on shrubs and landscape plants, leading to bent branches and structural damage. Safeguard your greenery by using roll burlap or feed bags and/or wrapping them with jute twine.

Wrap burlap around the plants, creating a protective barrier against the weight of snow. Tying it 2 or 3 times around with jute twine will ensure a snug fit. This simple yet effective method can go a long way in preserving the shape and health of your shrubs during the winter months.

Ornamental Grasses and Perennials Maintenance

landscape perennials cut low for winter

While some plants benefit from winter protection, others can withstand the cold weather on their own. Leave ornamental grasses standing tall, as they can add visual interest to your winter landscape and provide habitat for wildlife.

On the other hand, cut down perennials to ground level, removing dead foliage. This not only improves the overall aesthetics of your yard but also prevents disease and promotes healthy regrowth in the spring.

Help Your Snow Plowing Service Provider

truck plowing snow in a driveway

Marking out the boundaries of your driveway with reflective stakes aids plow operators in navigating and clearing your driveway accurately, minimizing the risk of accidental damage to landscaping.

Also make sure your snow plowing service is aware of buried obstacles like propane tanks that maybe buried under they snow – and mark these with reflective stakes so that their location is clearly visible during snowstorms.

Preparing your yard for winter in New Hampshire is a proactive and necessary step to ensure a vibrant and healthy landscape come springtime.

By following these five essential tips, you’ll be well-equipped to safeguard your lawn, plants, and garden features from any challenges that winter in the Granite State may bring.

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