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Why Winter is the Best Time for Hardscaping

Many homeowners believe that the only time to complete yard projects is the spring or summer. This is the time when most people are outside, so they are thinking more about how to improve their landscape. But in fact, fall and winter are great times to really take care of your landscape and to complete a variety of projects that you’ve had on your list, or maybe couldn’t get to over the summer.

If you’ve wanted to install a new patio, walkway, driveway, retaining wall, outdoor kitchen, or any other type of hardscaping, but for various reasons haven’t been able to, now is the time!

Four Reasons Why Hardscaping in the Fall and Winter is Better

Less Damage to Your Lawn

Having a landscaping company come in and complete a hardscaping project means there is a whole team walking through the area, bringing in heavy equipment and supplies, and possibly machinery depending on the project. If you schedule the project in the spring or summer when foliage is just coming back to life or in the middle of a growth spurt, all of that activity can cause real damage to the plants. Whereas the grass, flowers, trees, shrubs, etc. are dormant and the soil is frozen in the fall and winter, so if plant life gets trampled on, it won’t cause nearly the same amount of damage.

Flexible Scheduling

If you’ve ever walked through a nursery on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of summer, saying they are busy is usually an understatement. It’s the same thing for landscaping companies – summer is their busy season. So when you call and schedule a retaining wall installation in the fall or winter, there is a much better chance of them being able to get it started sooner and complete it faster. This means less of a disruption to your schedule.

Lower Costs

A related benefit of flexible scheduling is reduced labor costs. When there is less demand for supplies and there are fewer projects being scheduled, it can help you save money on labor. The cost of supplies is often lower as well. If you were hoping to get a nice flagstone patio but thought you could only afford concrete, you might just save enough on supplies in the winter to get exactly what you want.

You Can Use the Space Sooner

Depending on the scope of the project, hardscaping doesn’t take an incredibly long time when done by a professional team, but it does take time. Rather than waiting for weeks over the spring or summer for everything to be scheduled and the installation to be completed to use your updated landscape, you can have it done well before spring even arrives. This gives you and your family time to enjoy the space, entertain, or to plant more flowers and shrubs.

What Hardscaping Projects Are Perfect for Fall Installations?

Most hardscaping jobs can be done in the fall and winter. However, if you’re wanting a water feature in your yard, this could be more difficult depending on the temperatures at the time. But with the right landscaper who is experienced and knowledgeable, it can be done.

Other hardscaping projects include:

  • Retaining Walls
  • Patios
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Decks
  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Gravel Paths
  • Stairs
  • Built-in Furniture
  • Gazebos

Choose ZJ’s Estate Maintenance For Your Hardscaping Services

At ZJ’s Estate Maintenance, we love turning a plain landscape into something truly remarkable. Our team is highly trained and has an attention to detail that is unparalleled. Whether you know exactly what you want, or if you have no idea where to start, we can help! We offer landscape design, lawn care and maintenance, and hardscape installations. We’ll take any vision that you have and turn it into a reality, or we’ll use our experience and to maximize the space with a variety of plants and hardscaping elements to make your landscape an oasis.