While business owners and property managers often think about winterizing their properties in the fall, there are also some things that can be done during the winter months themselves to make sure your property is properly maintained. Here are a few things we recommend looking into this winter for your landscaping.
Snow and Ice Maintenance
The most common winter maintenance involves the removal of snow and ice. Making sure everyone can walk the grounds safely is a huge priority for commercial properties. That includes walkways, parking lots, stairs, and more. You never know how much snow winter will bring, but it’s better to be prepared early.
The post-snow clean-up can also mean managing tree branches that fell or other parts of the property’s landscaping that were affected by the snow. You want your grounds to be able to withstand the normal toll of winter so that you don’t have to worry about making tons of adjustments when the snow melts and spring comes back around.
Tree Pruning and Removal
The winter months are actually a great time to take on any tree pruning or removal projects that are on your list. Leaves have already fallen so landscapers are better able to see which parts of a tree need to be pruned.
The cold ground also makes it easier to remove a tree’s root system without disturbing neighboring vegetation.
Consider Gaps in Winter Landscaping
With so much dying off in the winter months, you might feel a bit disappointed in how your landscaping looks. It’s common for people to describe the winter months as gray and boring, in part because so little is in bloom. If you’re finding that the lack of greenery is affecting your mood and the mood of those who live or work on your property, consider investing in shrubbery or trees that last through the winter months.
Adding some colorful winter shrubs in key places can make your property feel like a breath of fresh air against the backdrop of other gray, dead landscaping. It’s a way to stand out in the winter months and bring a bit of color back to your property. Look around for areas of your landscaping that might be missing something special during the winter months.
Think About Drainage
With all the snow and rain that winter can bring, you’ll want to make sure your property’s drainage is set to withstand whatever winter throws your way. As the snow melts, your landscaping could be flooded with standing water if you don’t have a trained professional to map out your drainage needs.
That standing water can do a lot of damage to your property. Not to mention, the issues on the outside can become issues inside your property as well. When people track in water that can damage flooring or cause safety issues. It starts with first making sure the outside is safe to ensure that inside is as well.
Need Snow Removal or Winter Landscaping in Western Washington?
If the recent snowstorm is making you realize that your commercial property isn’t being handled as well as it should be, get in touch with us. Our crews were working hard to make sure properties were safe during the snow and can help ensure that your commercial property is taken care of all year long.