Bark Patterns for Winter Interest

We often think of winter landscapes as being evergreen or having berries, while we overlook the textural patterns of bark. Flowers and deciduous foliage are fleeting, but bark and structure remain a constant in the landscape. It’s easy to become fixated on the interesting bark patterns of trees as our eyes scan the winter landscape, looking for signs of life. Southeastern PA has grand old Sycamore trees and winter is the time of year they really show off against the stark landscape. They provide bold contrast in a landscape that’s largely devoid of color. … Continue reading

Ice Melters for Hardscape

While rock salt may be the go to for maintaining safe walkways in ice or snow, it’s not the best way to protect your landscape & hardscape investment. Snow should be removed from hardscape surfaces with a plastic snow shovel as metal can potentially cause damage. Melting snow and ice can permeate the cracks & porous surfaces of hardscape material and then re-freeze. … Continue reading

Drifts and Drafts: Landscape Wind Breaks

winter-landscapeWinter has finally settled in and even a brief time outside during frigid temperatures can be exacerbated by the wind. This is the time of year we really notice wind, whether we feel it on our faces or see it as snow drift patterns. Landscape wind breaks are a great way to mitigate the effects of winter winds by deflecting wind up and over the windward side of evergreen trees. They are a great way to reduce snow drifts and drafts in your home. They can also help make your yard more comfortable for pets & children who play outside in winter. … Continue reading