The front yard of your home is what people see first, yet many homeowners focus their landscaping efforts solely on the backyard. When winter comes, the backyard is buried under a blanket of snow and is rarely seen. Your front yard is on display all year long, however, and shouldn’t be neglected. Employ these winter landscaping ideas to improve the look of your Duxbury, MA, front yard when the temperature drops.
Plan for Snow Removal
A good landscape plan will take all seasons into consideration. Winter conditions and the maintenance that goes along with them can be hard on a landscape. Snow plows, shovels, and salt are all very harmful to both plants and hardscaping. To minimize damage during snow removal, situate items such as light posts and fences well away from the edge of the driveway. Plants should be kept back at least a foot from walkways to allow for snow pile-up in the winter. Remember to also invest in professional snow and ice management.
Icy winter weather can make navigating walkways a hazard. Your front yard landscaping should include easy-to-navigate walkways and accessible entryways. Save meandering paths for the backyard and have front walkways designed to mimic natural traffic patterns. When dealing with a winter climate, walkways should also take snow and ice accumulation into account. A bit of ice makes angled surfaces very difficult to navigate. Incorporate stairs to avoid sloping walkways when possible.
Heated walkways and driveways are one of the most convenient ways to combat winter conditions in your front yard. Radiant heating systems installed under the driveway or walkway will keep surfaces warm enough to melt snow and prevent accumulation. Once the system is installed a variety of surface finishing options are available. Pavers offer a much nicer appearance than poured concrete or asphalt and will make future repairs easier.
Cold Weather Plants
To break up a blanket of white, ask Towne Tree & Landscaping about hardy plants that will add year-round interest to your yard. Evergreen trees and hedges will offer texture and color to your landscape in all seasons. Include different varieties to take advantage of the varying shades of blues and greens available. Trees and shrubs that hold onto fruits and berries over the winter not only look great against a white backdrop, they also provide food for birds when sources are scarce. Crab-apple trees are beautiful in all seasons and often hold their fruit in colder weather. Winter blooming plants such as Winter Hazel and Holly will provide pops of color in your yard. Include tall perennial grasses to add texture and movement to your front yard. Incorporate them in planting beds that would otherwise be buried under the snow to add interest year-round.
As the temperature drops and days get shorter, winter lighting becomes even more important. For safety, as well as aesthetics, the front yard should be well lit and inviting. If you arrive home after dark on a regular basis, consider having motion sensor lighting, or timers installed. Lights focused on the driveway and entryway will come on when you approach in the car or leave the house for maximum safety. To prep your landscape lighting for winter, have a timer system installed so you can adjust the schedule for shorter days. For an extra touch, installing string lights in shrubs or trees will create a beautiful winter ambiance.