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For professional landscapers, the bulk of work is in the spring, summer and fall. What can you do in the winter months to keep your business going? There is plenty of landscape preparation and maintenance work that can be done in the winter. Be sure to advertise the winter services that your company offers.
Before the first snowfall, prepare lawns for winter by clearing and mulching the last fall leaves. Rake lawns to open new soil, and re-seed where necessary. Re-seeding in early winter helps seeds germinate as winter precipitation provides the watering.
Plant bulbs that flower in the spring, like tulips and crocuses, in late fall or early winter.
Plant hedges, winter annuals, like flowering kale and cabbage, and plants that flower in the winter, such as jasmine and crocus.
Clear away the summer garden in early winter to prevent mold and fungus from building up. Lay down mulch to protect the soil from the elements during the harsh winter months.
Offer snow-clearing services. If you have a snowplow and/or salt-spreader, contract road-clearing services privately or though the municipality. If you don’t have a snowplow, offer to shovel snow and salt walkways.
Prune rosebushes and trees in late winter, before the first buds begin to show.
Plan new gardens and yard renovations before the busy spring months.
Since you’re not working as much, winter is the best time to thoroughly clean and maintain your tools and equipment. Clean and oil rakes, forks and shovels. Run gas-powered equipment until the tanks are empty, clean the blades and perform any necessary servicing. Replace equipment that no longer works.