No matter the season, you want your commercial property to look its best. As winter nears, business owners may be wondering how to keep their commercial property’s landscaping at its best during the colder months. Yes, winters in Southern California aren’t as cold as they are in other parts of the country.
However, they are colder than most people realize, especially those who aren’t from here. Plus, it tends to rain more during winter in Southern California than it does during other parts of the year. While a state experiencing drought conditions is going to be welcoming to the rain, increased precipitation can be a shock to our plant life if it’s not properly prepared for it.
How to Prepare Your Business’s Landscaping for Winter
Bringing in commercial landscaping professionals is the best way to make sure your business’s property is properly prepared for winter. The following are seven steps your commercial landscapers will take to get your business’s landscaping ready for winter:
- Winter Plants – Native plants are usually your best option anytime of year. Plants and grass that naturally grow and thrive in Southern California will be able to thrive in winters here with proper care.
- Soil Prep – Winter is a good time to test your soil. The information that testing your soil provides can help you learn what you need to do to improve it. Things you can improve about your landscaping’s soil during the winter is its ability to retain water, aeration, structure, drainage, and permeability.
- Drainage – Precipitation can increase during the winter months in Southern California. To make sure your landscaping isn’t oversaturated, make sure that your property is draining properly. This may involve actions such as adding drainage lines, introducing drain rock to your property, and keeping your gutters cleaned out.
- Seeding – Depending on the makeup of your landscape, you may not have to worry about seeding your landscaping as you head into winter. Seeding your landscaping generally happens during the thawing period as winter transitions into spring.
- Mulch – Adding mulch to your landscaping is a great way to protect your plant life. Mulch can function as a sort of winter blanket to keep your commercial landscaping insulated during the colder months. Mulch is especially helpful when it’s used to protect roots that are located near the top few inches of your property’s soil.
- Pruning – Determining when and when not to prune plant life on your commercial property is important. It is a good idea to prune decaying or dead sections of trees, shrubs, and hedges. However, you may want to avoid pruning frost damaged sections of your commercial plant life right away because the frost damage may help protect the remainder of the plant from further harm during the next frost.
- Debris Removal – Keeping your landscaping free of debris, including dead plant life, is important year-round, but especially during winter. Removing debris will allow your landscaping to have enough breathing room, help keep away pests, and help your property remain adequately hydrated.
Let Our Commercial Landscaping Experts in Southern California Help You Prepare Your Business’s Property for Winter
Since 1970, businesses in Southern California have relied on Stay Green to care for their landscaping. Our landscaping experts know how to successfully manage the upkeep of commercial properties throughout Southern California during spring, summer, fall, and winter.
If you need help preparing your business’s landscaping for winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Winter is fast approaching, and you don’t want to run out of time to get your commercial property ready to thrive during the cold weather months.
For more information about preparing your commercial property for winter, or to discuss your situation with our commercial landscaping experts in Southern California, give us a call at (800) 741-9150 or contact us online today.