Winter landscaping and design

What a difference a year makes!  Last January Kansas Citians were constantly digging out from snow after snow, and this year we’ve enjoyed 60 degree temperatures!  No matter what the weather is like outside though, the winter months are the best possible time to plan that new landscape or garden renovation.  Landscape designers are generally looking for something creative to do this time of year, and your contact with them will not only be welcomed, but you will enjoy a more leisurely, and probably more rewarding experience since they are not so distracted by peak- season, time induced deadlines.  And, though it is somewhat rare, if mild weather conditions do persist, preparatory work for that new landscape project can be accomplished during the dormant season.  Photographs of continuing projects accompany this blog to give the reader an idea of what can be completed this time of year.

Some possible winter projects include removal of existing unwanted plantings, fertilization and improvement of existing soil profiles, delineation of use areas and installation of edging materials, pruning of pertinent deciduous plants, as well as developing “wish lists” of plants, hardscape materials, and garden accessories.  If you are considering an improvement to your outdoor environment, contact Greenleaf’s design team now during the off-season and let us help bring your ideas to life!

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Contributing editor:  Don Archer, Don Archer Designs in partnership with Greenleaf Garden Services