The storm windows are up. You’ve stockpiled wood for the fireplace and weather-sealed around the doors. You’ve dug out your wool sweater, the balaclava and your warmest gloves and you’re ready for winter’s onslaught to begin. Time to call the landscaper.
Working Through the Winter: Toronto’s Landscaping Contractors
Most folks assume landscapers call it a year sometime around Halloween and hibernate until late March. Few things could be further from the truth. Landscapers – even in the often brutal winter environment of Toronto – are year round sorts, and in fact it can make great sense to hire a landscaper during the winter months. “Why’s that?” you say. Well, for starters…
- They’re far less busy – While landscaping contractors work year round there’s no doubt demand for their services is greatly reduced during the winter months. Instead of waiting weeks for them to show up after you call (like you may have to do in summer), you may see them the next day in December.
- So is their design staff – Most landscaping contractors have one or more landscape designers on the payroll. They also see a significant reduction in their workload during the winter. So if you have big plans for your yard next summer now’s the time to arrange to meet with the landscape designer and lay it all out.
Besides having the time to sit down with you and plan your project for next year here are 5 other rock-solid reasons for hiring a landscaping contractor during the winter months.
- Pruning – Winter provides the perfect opportunity to prune much of the late season overgrowth and damage from your trees and shrubs. It’s also a great time to have rose bushes shaped or thinned out. The bare branches of winter also provide an opportunity to have your landscape contractor check for insects. Telltale signs like egg masses will be laid bare in the winter and easy to remove.
- Blowing out sprinklers – Even if a few frosts have come and gone it’s not too late to blow out your yard’s sprinkler system. Many of the pipes are sunk well into the ground, insulated (for a time anyway) from the cold that descends in early winter. While it’s advisable to have your sprinklers blown out in mid-fall don’t assume that just because it’s early December that it’s too late.
- Creating dry-stack stone walls – Since there is no mortar involved in a dry stack stone wall there is no reason they can’t be built during the winter months; as long as the snow is not too deep. Stones don’t care what the temperature is so putting off building dry stack walls until winter is something many busy landscaping contractors will do as a matter of course.
- Demolition – Like dry-stack walls demolition is a process that doesn’t require any temperature sensitive materials. If a client is planning a major overhaul of their backyard landscaping in the summer the winter can be the perfect time to do any necessary demolition to lay the groundwork.
- Snow removal – Many landscaping contractors are as busy during the winter months removing snow as they are during the summer months reshaping your flowerbeds. When you have the landscaping contractor at your home in the summer make arrangements for them to come clear your driveway when necessary during the winter.
M.E. Landscaping serves the needs of our clients in the Toronto area 12 months a year. There’s no long hibernation either for our world-class landscape designers or our hardscape professionals. Whether you need your sprinklers blown out, a decorative stone wall built on your property or wish to schedule demolition work or snow removal give us a call on 416-455-9296. We’re here to help all year round.