Winter is down-time for many gardeners, but your garden does not need to be brown and bare all winter. January and February offer those who are yearning to get outside to dig in the dirt some wonderfully cool weather plants to work with.
Dianthus in Your Landscape
Dianthus is a hardy annual that grows best in cooler environments. It is perfectly suited to North Texas during the winter months. Winter-flowering heather is a low-growing plant that you may put in your outdoor garden or in pots. The stalks of pink, purple and white will brighten your winter gray days.
We cannot forget the pansies. Winter-flowering pansies are a favorite. Fill window boxes, pots and landscape areas to enjoy from indoors as well. Violas and snapdragons are great in the winter but do not like soggy soils; they do best in a raised flowerbed or window boxes. Remember to plant these blooming winter plants in full-sun areas.
There are some leafy plants that love the cooler weather as well. These aren’t meant to grow for a salad or your dinner table, but ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale make beautiful, leafy additions to your winter landscape. They make an attractive border or sit gorgeously in pots near your front door.
Dogwood is a small woody shrub grown for its colorful bare stems and is very attractive in the winter. Branches of red or yellow bark add a spark to winter landscape. Evergreen viburnum, “Dawn,” will give a pink punch to your winter garden areas.
A milder winter day gives you an opportunity to get outdoors to prepare your garden and landscape areas for spring. In January you can clear out any leaves that cover your planting areas, also any sticks or twigs. It is also the perfect time to prune trees and shrubs. Lastly, don’t forget your evergreens. As long as a freeze isn’t predicted in the next couple of days, give those evergreens a good watering. If you hadn’t cut back your perennials in the fall, now is the perfect time to get that finished. One note, if your browned perennials contain flower seeds on them, try leaving those for the birds.
It’s Almost Time to Sow Your Spring Seeds!
February is a good time to get your seed pots started, especially toward the end of the month. Gather your potting soil and pots, then clear a bright and warm place to allow them to grow. Starting seeds indoors allow the roots to get healthy and ready for spring outdoor planting. February is also a good time to cut back ornamental grasses. If you have bulbs in the ground that need to be divided, the cooler month of February is the perfect time to divide and replant or share. Once these bulbs begin to sprout in early spring, it is too late. Likewise, if you would like to plant some new bulbs, such tulips and daffodils, get them into the soil while it is cold…but not frozen.
Mulch Your Winter Garden With The Help Of Yepez Maintenance Service
Finally, winter is the perfect time to add a layer of mulch to your garden. It will insulate the roots already in the ground and help to deter weeds when the weather begins to warm. It also will help protect from any future frosts that your may see in February and even in March. Another plus to mulching in the winter is that it gives the drab, dry yard a bit of sprucing up for curb appeal. Your landscape will look nice and neat and will be ready for spring.
While all of this general maintenance can seem time-consuming, Yepez Lawn Service is here to help you take the load off of your shoulders. We’re ready to help your landscape look great for the spring season. Get in touch with us today to get on our schedule!