Rain and snow play a huge part in your yard landscaping decisions, and any landscaping plan needs to pay close attention to not only rain and snow but proper drainage as well. If your yard is too muddy in the winter or you have standing water in warm weather, a change in how the yard drains is most likely needed. Problem areas are best identified when rain begins to fall and watching for where the water puddles or drains. Major issues may require a visit from a professional to take care of. You can always choose to tackle the bulk of the remaining landscaping yourself.
Your yard landscaping plan should insure that when rain falls, it will actually water your plants. All of the water that falls into your yard should be nourishing any plants and trees. Avoid placing flowers, shrubs, or other plants under thick foliage or building overhangs that block the rain. When it gets hot, be sure to track the general rainfall levels and know when to add water yourself if there is not much rain.
In northern climates, snow is just as vital to your entire yard landscaping project as rain is. Snow not only waters your yard as it melts. The snow, although cold, can actually help to insulate your soil and keep it warmer. Because of this, any plants that are sleeping under the snow to stay healthy and alive. Your bulbs will pop up in the spring in perfect form and color making your yard landscaping all the more beautiful.
Follow the Landscaping Plan
Drainage and distribution of the rain and snow that falls are critical to any landscaping plan. Too hot, too cold, too much water, not enough… avoid the common issues that hinder many landscapers. Finding the “Goldilocks zone” for your yard will keep your plants happy and flourishing for years to come.