Landscaping for the Seasons to Come: Get Your House Ready to Look Great Through the Winter

by Alex ThatcherOctober 22, 2018

How to Improve Your Home’s Winter Curb Appeal

Just because it snows in winter doesn’t mean your home shouldn’t still look its best from the curb. In fact, in many ways, winter is the time of year when a home’s landscaping really stands out because everything has been laid bare by the weather, so optimize your winter curb appeal!

If you want your home to look great through winter, then you need to start planning your landscaping now for the seasons to come. Here are some tips to help you beautify your home’s exterior, so it looks its best through fall, winter and beyond.

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Stay on Top of the Leaves

If you have mature trees on your property, then you know you’re going to be in for a busy fall. Rather than waiting for all your leaves to fall, start cleaning them out of your gutters and off your lawn on a regular basis throughout the season. This will make removing them easier on you and you’ll avoid overstuffed gutters that can become clogged, which will cause a whole other set of problems. With clean gutters, your home will be better off, and it will look cleaner from the road, too.

Clean Out the Flower Beds

By the end of summer, flower beds can become littered with dead plants and congested with fallen leaves. Now is the time to clear the old plants out, so you can start preparing the beds for next year. You can also plant bulbs now, so the moment the weather starts warming up, you’ll be seeing splashes of color here and there. Clean flower beds will give your home a tidier appearance, which will last through winter regardless of whether it snows or not.

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Prune Shrubs and Trees

Fall is the best time to prune your shrubs and trees. Your shrubs will look nicer through winter and you’ll be prepping them for next spring’s new growth. Plus, with the leaves gone from the trees, you’ll be better able to see problem areas like dead or dangerous-looking branches, which can be at high-risk for breaking off with winter’s cold temperatures and wind.

Repair Loose or Missing Shingles

After a summer of strong and windy thunderstorms, you should check your roof shingles to make sure none are damaged, loose, or missing. If there are any that look like trouble, then they’ll not only be noticeable from the curb, but your home will also be at risk of suffering water damage over the winter.

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Add a Bird Feeder

If you live in a part of the country where the winters are mild, one way to add some color to your yard during the dreary season is to attract some colorful birds with a well-placed bird feeder.

Prep the Lawn

With the warm weather on its way out, fall’s cooler days make for the perfect time to give your grass one final cut and to put in the work to get your lawn started off on a healthy foot come spring. After cutting, clean up the trimmings and remove any weeds from your lawn. Next, fertilize your grass before the first frost, but as close to the end of fall as possible. By spring, your grass will come back thick and strong.

These tasks don’t take a lot of time, but they can make a big impact on how your home looks through fall and winter. Keeping up on the leaves is a major factor in how your home will often be viewed from the curb, so start here and do the rest as you find the time. Just have everything wrapped up by the start of winter, and you can rest easy knowing your home looks great.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.