Santa Barbara Landscaping Care
While Santa Barbara does not have as much of a “winter” as some areas of the country, there are differences in how Santa Barbara homeowners should care for their yards and gardens in the winter months December, January, and February as opposed to the rest of the year. We would like to share some of these differences to help you keep your Santa Barbara landscaping beautiful year-round and make sure you are prepared properly for the spring, when everything starts growing!
Tips to Keep Your Winter Yard Healthy and Beautiful
There are many landscaping tips you should consider during the winter months to help your Santa Barbara landscaping stay beautiful and healthy, including:
If you have a lawn, winter is the perfect time to aerate your grass. Aeration is the process of loosening the soil that might become compacted especially after a series of rain or drought. Aerating soil allows the needed gases from the air to penetrate deeper to reach the plant roots, while also providing a home for earthworms and other insects that are beneficial to plants. It also provides the needed space for roots to grow to their full potential. This process will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Winter is also a great time to seed bare areas of your yard to help ensure your yard is more lush, and your lawn is thicker for the summer. Seeding a bare spot, or helping thicken areas of grass, can be accomplished easier in the dormant winter season when grass doesn’t need to compete with other plants for nutrients. It’s also less likely that birds will steal the seeds during winter than spring.
If you have a natural lawn winter is a good time to add fertilizer to make your landscape much healthier. We highly recommend giving us a call before adding fertilizer, because the wrong mixture can do more harm than good.
Make Some Changes
Make changes to some of the plants in your garden. Some of your plants might be annuals that live only for a season then then they die. Other plants are perennials that go dormant and come back in spring or summer. By staggering the growth phases in your garden, you can have beautiful blooms year round. Intersperse the plants that bloom in the summer with the plants that look great in the winter so your outdoor living space will look great throughout the year.
Adding winter vegetables to your garden is a great idea. There are many organic vegetables, including leafy greens and root vegetables, that grow very well in winter. Maybe add an organic gardening bed to your garden so you can enjoy produce even in the winter.
Protect Your Plants
Make sure you protect the plants in your garden. If you have plants that don’t do well in the cold you should cover them or move them inside when the temperature drops. Tropical plants are very susceptible to climate changes, so be sure to understand which plants need protection. Mountain View Landscaping is happy to help with any questions.
Change your watering pattern. Your irrigation cycles should change during different seasons as your plants need less or more water. We highly recommend using as many drought-tolerant plants as possible. It is also important to conserve water by watering at the roots and watering only when necessary.
Santa Barbara Landscaping Services
As professional landscape designers in Santa Barbara, Mountain View Landscaping works with Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria, and Summerland homeowners to design, build and maintain beautiful yards and gardens throughout the year. If your yard can use a little something new or maintenance, call us today to learn how we can help you develop a beautiful outdoor living space and surround your home with lush growth all year!
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