Winter Landscaping in Colorado – It Can Be Done!

Landscaping Through Colorado Winters

As the extreme heat gives way to changing leaves, snow and frigid temperatures, you may think, as many do, that your green thumb and dreams of beautiful backyards go into hibernation with the bears.

To the contrary, landscaping through Colorado winters does and in fact, absolutely can happen! While we have all put away the perennials, ornamental grass and turf, we have kept out the trees and shrubs! 

1) Considering Winter Resilient Trees & Shrubs

One of the best considerations for winter landscaping is for your trees and shrubs around your property. It’s a great way to help winterize your property so it still looks good, even in the winter months.

Here are some of your favorites in Colorado:

Shrubs That Are Particularly Hardy in Colder Climates

  1. Holly
  2. Juniper
  3. Hazel
  4. Mahonia 
  5. Wintergreen
  6. Mountain Laurel
  7. Daphne
  8. Viburnum
  9. Boxwood

Trees That Thrive; And Are Good Lookin’ Too

  1. Cedar
  2. Dwarf Juniper
  3. Willow
  4. McCurtain Dwarf Palmetto
  5. European Cranberry Bush
  6. Birch
  7. Dwarf Conifers
  8. Colorado Blue Spruce 

2) Winter Watering in Colorado

Make sure you water! Winter watering should be done one to two times per month from November to April. Choose a warmer winter day with air temperatures above 40 degrees, with unfrozen soil. Water in mid-day to promote soaking and not freezing. It is critical to water while new roots are forming! Mulch young trees and shrubs to assist in regulating moisture and temperature. 

3) Winter Tree & Shrub Care

Shake those shrubs and trees while accumulating wet, heavy snow! Make sure to remove accumulating snow from leaves and branches, so as not to end up with broken limbs. Stake young trees to stabilize trunks from harsh winter winds. 

4) Installing Hardscapes

Consider completing or perhaps getting a jumpstart on that hardscaping you half finished or dream of! Hardscaping can include fire features, patios, retaining walls, walkways and so much more. A lot of hardscaping includes the pouring of concrete.

Concrete pouring is ideal with an air temperature of above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, however, there is no reason to avoid pouring concrete in cold weather provided you can take the proper precautions. Done correctly, concrete poured in cool weather is actually stronger than concrete poured in hot weather, thanks to the slow curing period. Concrete pouring below an air temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit should, however, be avoided. 

Landscaping Doesn’t Have to be Seasonal

Enjoy your outdoor space year-round, after all, there is nothing like a hot beverage of your choice around a beautiful fire pit while stars are shining!