How to Freeze Proof Your Yard / How to Protect Your Yard from Freezing Temperatures / How to Winterize Your Yard

A freeze forecast can throw off your day and even week because it marks the beginning of a flurry of preparations. And, avoiding the proper measures can lead to damage that can affect your home - especially the yard. However, there are ways to protect your front and back yard before a freeze arrives. 

Below, find out how home design and other preparations can protect your yard from freezing temperatures. 

Design your yard for winter weather.  

The best protection from freezing weather is to plan for it ahead of time. And yard design is one way to do so. Fortunately, there are plenty of design options to keep your backyard as warm, cozy, and as protected as possible.

  • Invest in heat.

Adding a heat source helps beat the frost, but the options and cost vary. Some homeowners install visually appealing fire pits (circular or elongated) and fireplaces. Meanwhile, others opt for more affordable or portable choices like an outdoor heater. Even outdoor heater selections range, so be prepared to decide which type fits your need: propane, natural gas, or electric.

  • Keep in the warm air.

After investing in heat, optimize yard design to keep it in. Remember: do not let heat escape. Enclosing the outdoor space or adding a stone surround provides shelter and needed warmth. However, do not overlook other options such as accent walls or drapes. Both options help shield space from harsh and intrusive winds and keep the heat from escaping.

  • Plan landscaping with winter in mind.

Yes, planting locations matter during the winter - so plant accordingly. Specifically, cold air settles in low spots, so save those areas for cold-loving plants and keep the warmest areas of the yard (i.e., western exposure) for frost-tender plants.

Protect your yard against winter frost.

After designing your backyard to be warm and toasty during the winter months, enjoy it as long as possible. Soon the winter warnings will begin, and so will the times to take further and familiar actions. We know the drill - bring in potted plants and cover the pipes, outdoor furniture, and remaining plants. 

Also, keep in mind the below guidance on freezing temperatures and foliage:

  • Light freeze equals 29°F to 32°F and means tender plants often die.
  • Moderate freeze equals 25°F to 28°F and causes damage to many plants.
  • Severe freeze means 24°F and colder and causes heavy damage to many plants.

Winter freezes often damage beautiful yards, but some basic tips will help protect them.

  1. Water plants before the frost. Damp soil retains and radiates more heat through the night. 
  2. Cover plants before sundown to trap the stored daylight heat. 
  3. Do not use plastic. Instead, cover plants with blankets, sheets, or cloth and drape the plant down to the ground to trap heat. 

Winter may be here, but it does not have to put a big chill on your home and affect your outdoor investment. By following the above tips, you can help keep your front and back yard freezeproof. That way, the yard can stay beautiful all year long.