Your hardscape is a beautiful frame for your landscape design. Not only does it provide a functional purpose as a walkway or entertainment space, but it also enhances the overall look of your outdoor space. While it may seem completely durable and immune to the effects of harsh winter weather, your hardscape still requires some proactive care for the upcoming winter months. As you prepare the rest of your home for unpredictable Maryland weather, here is how you should be proactively maintaining your hardscape this winter.
Seal Significant Cracks
If you notice any cracks in your hardscape, now is a perfect time to seal them up so that they do not grow and worsen during the season. Cold weather, as well as moisture from rain and snow, can cause tiny cracks to grow into more significant problems for your hardscape. With this, seal cracks immediately as you notice them to ensure that they do not worsen over time into the winter.
Keep Chemicals Away
While a little freezing rain may tempt you to use salt or other harsh chemicals on your hardscape, it is best to keep chemicals away from these areas. As the winter weather worsens into December and January, it is crucial to keep harsh chemicals off of your beautiful hardscape. If left to sit on your hardscape for extended periods of time, these chemicals can damage the stone and create permanent damage to the look of your landscape.
Use Softer Shovels for Ice or Snow Removal
Although Maryland snow may still be a few months away, it is important to remember to keep harsh metal shovels away from your hardscape this winter. By not using metal shovels to remove snow and ice from your hardscape, you are preventing damage to your walkways and patios this winter. Instead, consider using a snowblower or a softer shovel to remove snow as it accumulates in these spaces easily.
Let Michael Bryan Landscapes Take Care of Your Hardscape
When you work with Michael Bryan Landscapes, you are bringing your landscaping vision to life with a team of experts who are committed to the quality of their work on your home. Whether you want to design a landscape for your outdoor space, build a deck, or install a stone patio, our team of experts is ready to help you make it happen. Since 2009, we have served Maryland and Northern Virginia with a variety of landscaping, hardscaping, design, and installation services that not only keep your outdoor space looking great but working as efficiently as possible to meet the needs of your family throughout the year. If you are ready to get started with your landscaping project or service today, call us at 443-203-1951 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for updates and weekly landscaping tips!