If you haven’t done it yet, this is the time to fertilize and aerate your lawn; you’ll be rewarded in the spring! And getting those overgrown and/or diseased and dead trees trimmed now prevents the winter winds and heavy snows from breaking branches, possibly on your house.
But I don’t advise you to cut down all of the dead things in your garden. Winter can be a lovely time to view your garden with dried grasses standing and interesting seed pods, like those of the coneflower/echinecia which turn bold and black. Branches of redtwig dogwood add color, while evergreens and the many gray greens of our western plants, both annuals and perennials, add interest and additional color. Unusal shapes or gnarled branches, such as Harry Lauders Walking Stick give variety. Plan your garden for a seasonal interest and variety of textures and sizes. Even a small yard with spruce or small pine, juniper or broom, redtwig, gambrel oak, Karl Forester Grass, Pyracantha or Cotoneaster, Coneflower, etc. can be lovely to view in winter, particularly if you have proper landscape lighting, so you can enjoy it from within your home.
And it is NOT too late to plant those spring flowering bulbs; they can be planted through November in most states. If you have voles/moles, you may wish to plant the bulbs in a underground “bucket” made of hardware cloth so the bulbs don’t get eaten.
At Breay Design, we know that your environment must fit YOU like your favorite shoes fit. Ask yourself, “Does the shoe…FIT?” If not, contact us. Sharon is an awarded, certified designer, speaker, and author on design. Also join us for further interior and yard-garden tips at http://www.facebook.com/breaydesignassociates.