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What NOT To Do: Four Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Jan 27, 2021General, Lawn maintenance

It’s another wet winter month here in the Pacific Northwest. With the constant rain and cold temperatures, it can be easy to forget that these months are just as important for your landscaping. 

We spend a lot of time here at MountainView Landscaping sharing tips and tricks for what you should be doing with your landscaping, but there are also plenty of things you shouldn’t do this time of year. Like these four landscape mistakes to avoid this winter:

What NOT To Do: Four Landscape Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Using Weed Killer

In colder temperatures, pesticides such as weed killer can do more harm than good when treating plants. Weed killer treatments should only be used when temperatures remain above 60 degrees. Keep those bottles in the garage for another month or two!

Cutting It Short 

As a general rule of thumb, the length of your lawn should fall between two and three inches. Too short and it’s less resilient in the cold, wet weather, encouraging mold or disease. We generally recommend mowing your lawn as little as possible during these soggy Pacific Northwest months. 

Putting Off Your Spring Planting

The winter is the ideal time to start thinking about what you want your landscape to look like in the coming spring. Just because the weather is cold and wet doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on the next season. Plan now and reap the rewards all spring and summer long!

Not Doing Anything

Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make during the winter is to sit back and relax, thinking that “nothing is happening” in your landscaping. Even if plants and weeds aren’t growing rapidly this winter, that doesn’t mean they don’t need your help. Doing nothing all winter makes your life a lot harder when spring rolls around. 

Use the wintertime to get those things done that you might not have had time for in the summer. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t work for your landscaping throughout the year. Make a plan for the year ahead. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you are doing something for your landscaping this winter.


If you feel you’ve gotten behind on your landscaping these past few years, then don’t make the same mistake again! MountainView Landscape is here to help. We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by that to-do list, which is why we started our Maintenance Plan.

We offer affordable residential maintenance plans with weekly or monthly visits, customized to your unique yard. Many landscape companies charge extra for winter work, but our maintenance contracts provide you with year-round yard care so your yard is in the best possible shape for every season.

Contact us to get started today!


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