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Winter Garden Care in San Diego

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 15 December , 2021

While San Diego does not have as much of a “winter” as some areas of the country, there are differences in how San Diego homeowners should care for their yards and gardens in December, January, and February as opposed to the rest of the year.  Knowing these differences can help you keep your San Diego yard beautiful year-round and prepare for the spring, when things really begin to grow!

Tips to Keep Your Winter Yard Healthy and Beautiful

There are several things you should consider during the winter months to help your San Diego landscape stay beautiful and healthy, including:

  • Winter is a great time to aerate your lawn if you have grass.  Aeration involves loosening the soil that may have become compacted after a series of rain and drought.  Aerating soil allows needed gases from the atmosphere to penetrate to plant roots, as well as provides a home for earthworms and other insects that are beneficial to plants.  It also allows roots to grow to their full potential, resulting in healthier and stronger plants.
  • Surprisingly, winter may be one of the best times to seed bare areas of your yard and ensure that you have a lush, thick lawn in summer.  Seeding a bare spot, or beefing up sparse areas of grass, can be accomplished more easily in a dormant season when grass does not have to compete with other plants for nutrients.  It is also less likely that birds will take your seeds during winter than spring.
  • Adding fertilizer to your lawn can give you a much healthier winter landscape.  Be sure to talk with a professional before adding any fertilizer, as the wrong mixture can do more harm than good to your mini-ecosystem.
  • Change out plants. Some plants are annuals, living only for a season then dying out.  Others are perennials, which go dormant and come back later.  By staggering the growth phases in your garden, you can have lovely blooms all year.  Intersperse summer bloomers with winter growers and you will have beautiful curb appeal throughout the year.
  • Add winter vegetables. Quite a few organic vegetables, including leafy greens and root vegetables, grow well in winter.  Consider adding an organic gardening bed or pots to your garden space and enjoy produce even in the winter months.
  • Protect your plants. Be sure that you have covered any vulnerable plants or moved them indoors if necessary to accommodate drops in temperature.  Tropical plants in particular are very susceptible to climate changes, so be sure to understand which plants need protection.
  • Change your watering pattern. Your irrigation cycles should change throughout the year as your plants need less or more water.  Conserve one of our most precious resources by choosing drought-tolerant plants, watering at the roots, and only watering when necessary. 

As professional landscape designers in San Diego, Juniper Landscape Company works with homeowners to design and maintain beautiful yards and gardens throughout the year.  If your yard has the winter blues, call us today to learn how we can help you develop a beautiful yard and surround your home with lush growth all year!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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