Fall is here, and lawnmowers are falling silent all over Northern Virginia. Late fall and winter are usually quiet times for lawn and garden care. It’s also one of the best times to plan and execute hardscaping projects. Your family is using your yard less frequently, so the work won’t be disruptive. Landscapers may not be as busy, so it can often be done more quickly. And you’ll be sitting pretty by the time spring rolls around.
What Is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping covers the non-plant related elements of your landscape: patios, walkways, and other stunning features. Elegant, practical hardscaping has become a significant part of what landscaping companies do. It adds beauty and utility to your outdoor spaces and value to your home.
Can Hardscaping Projects Happen in Winter?
There’s a misconception that hardscaping projects can’t happen in winter because of cold temperatures and weather events. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, winter is an ideal time to make your hardscaping dreams a reality. The key is a skilled team that knows how to work with and around the elements. Your landscaping team should have the equipment and skills for snow removal. They should also have experience working with other materials in cold temperatures. It’s often a different process than in the summer months but completely effective when done right. In some ways, completing landscaping projects in the off-season is more accessible and less disruptive than in spring and summer. Your landscape is usually bare and easy to navigate. It’s also a more convenient time to move dirt and tear up the yard for bigger projects.
Is There an Advantage to Starting a Hardscaping Project in Winter?
The bottom line is that thinking ahead pays off. Planning a hardscaping project in winter can mean significant time savings. Demand for labor and supplies may drop off in winter; crews may have more time and availability in winter. The wait time for starting your project is shorter, and your team can focus plenty of energy on your landscape.
Late fall and winter – the perfect time to get the hardscaping conversation going. Start talking with your landscaper about your budget and what you want to achieve. And remember, you don’t have to tackle everything at once. You can sit down and make plans for a phased-in hardscaping project that will create your dreamscape over time.
What Are Popular Hardscaping Projects?
Hardscaping is a terrific way to add elegance and ease to your landscape. With a choice of materials like stone, concrete pavers, brick, and beyond, the possibilities are endless. Front yard projects include elegant paver driveways and inviting walkways. Meanwhile, backyard hardscaping makes outdoor living spaces more attractive and more comfortable. Some of the big ones include:
- Patios for outdoor dining, entertaining, and spending quality time with family and friends.
- Walkways to make outdoor spaces safer and more elegant.
- Fire pits are in high demand in recent years. An attractive year-round fire feature can allow for socially distanced gatherings even in cooler months.
- Gorgeous stone retaining walls–often combined with lighting elements–is a perfect way to highlight landscaping features. They add definition to your surroundings and make your yard more user-friendly.
- Outdoor kitchens help make entertaining a breeze and add tons of value to your home.
Hardscaping: Do It Now for Year-Round Enjoyment
The winter months are the perfect time to plan and execute the hardscaping projects of your dreams. You can save time and be ready to roll next spring. At Epling Landscaping & Lawn Service, we have decades of experience creating stellar hardscaping projects all year long. And winter is a favorite time for both dreaming and doing. Our experienced team is ready to help design and execute your hardscape projects large and small. Experts anticipate a mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic this year, with plenty of opportunities to get ahead and get things done. But even if conditions change, we’ve got the equipment and know-how to get the job done. Let’s make a plan.
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