The fall/winter months are generally considered the “off” period time for commercial and residential landscaping. But did you know that these slower and colder months actually provide the best opportunity for hardscape projects around your property?
Hardscaping is the implementation of non-living elements in the landscaping world. Brick and stone walls, walkways, paver walls, retaining walls, wood arbors, patios, flagstone pathways, and pebble/cement driveways and walkways are all hardscaping features. Hardscape landscaping is a key part of landscape design, alluring to a sense of organization and a definition of the natural features of landscape.
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Here are four major reasons to start your hardscape project in the fall/winter season:
#1- Less Collateral Damage
Hardscaping, no matter how thoughtfully planned and executed, can cause damage to the living elements on your property. Grass, plants, shrubs, and trees can all be affected during hardscape project installations. But during the winter months, these living elements become dormant and less susceptible to damage and intrusion. Laying down plywood boards on the grass areas causes less stress during winter and the lack of foliage on the plants and trees makes maneuvering equipment and materials a much easier task.
#2- Save Money/Time
During the the winter months, landscaping businesses are eager for work. Their crews are freed up and project managers can carry out and perform hardscape projects at a much lower rate. Winter hardscape projects can also be completed in a much faster timeframe. Landscape companies have more crew members they can allocate to the job and less busy work to compete with due to the dormancy of the plants, grass, and trees.
#3- Impress Your Guests
Fall/winter means the holidays. And there is no greater time for friends and family visiting your home than during the holiday season. Hardscape projects bring a clean, strong line to your property. It shows definition and uniformity. It also builds up property value. Your home will be a gathering place for the ones you love during the holiday season and providing the hardscape aesthetics to your land will impress all your visitors.
#4- You Will Be Ready For Spring
Implementing your hardscape projects in the winter months also gives optimal time to enjoy your property’s landscape once it warms back up. Your new hardscapes will be set, dried, cleaned and ready to use in the months that you are outside most. Waiting to start hardscape projects in the spring/summer will take much longer to complete and will limit the use of your outside areas.
Pro Tips for Hardscaping in the Winter
- Never set mortar in temperatures below 40 degrees.
- Only use plastic snow shovels on hardscape services. Using metal may crack your materials.
- Newly set hardscapes should be coated with a stone or masonry sealant before the first snows set in.
- Be careful with deicers on your hardscape surfaces as they can permanently stain and discolor your stone or cement.
Add Hardscaping to Your Landscape this Winter with Mansell Landscape
Mansell Landscape Management is a full-service lawn care company located in Roswell, GA. With over 25 years in commercial and residential landscape services, the professional landscapers at Mansell Landscape can help you with all your landscaping needs. We provide metro-Atlanta with quality and affordable lawn care services, including Lawn Maintenance, Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Lawn Care, Residential Lawn Care, Hardscaping Services, Lawn Treatment Services, and much more. Our experience in lawn care ranges from commercial lawn care to custom residential landscaping, to lawn care that improves property value. Our philosophy at Mansell Landscape Management is to combine the latest horticulture techniques with exceptional service to create guaranteed solutions.