Because your hardscaping is so durable, you may forget that it’s important to winterize hardscape structures just like every other aspect of your landscaping. By properly caring for your hardscape in the winter, you can avoid weather-related damages as well as aesthetic problems with your patio or walkway come spring. There are a few common winter problems to look for with your hardscaping. Here are a few tips for caring for your hardscape this winter.
First, you’ll want to inspect your hardscaping and make sure that any existing cracks are addressed. Sealing small cracks now will keep them from growing when water and snow freeze in the cracks through the winter. Your hardscaping is integral to your landscaping, so you want to do everything you can to avoid large, unsightly cracks or severe breakage that could make your patio or walkway unusable. Sealing cracks now will help prevent future damage, preserve the look of your outdoor space, and also extend the life of your hardscaping.
It is also extremely important to clear your drains. Whether you have outdoor hoses, garden irrigation pipes, or storm drainage in your hardscaping, be sure to check out the drains when winter weather starts to pick up. You’ll want to make sure debris isn’t building up around your drains that can encourage flooding on your hardscaping. Frequent flooding can exacerbate cracks and carry over into your lawn.
Protect Hardscape from Harsh Treatment
Finally, you’ll want to protect your hardscaping throughout the winter. Chances are, you’ll be de-icing a lot through the winter to prevent slipping, falling, and potential injuries on your hardscaping. Try to stick to calcium-based de-icing products or natural rock salt to avoid damage to your hardscaping by harsh chemical use. These chemicals can damage pavers and bricks. Metal shovels can also damage your hardscaping through the winter, so it’s important to be extra careful when it comes to your snow removal. Try plastic or rubber-edged shovels to treat your pavement, brick, or stone more gently through the winter and keep your hardscaping looking beautiful for enjoying and entertaining come springtime.
Let Michael Bryan Landscapes Prepare Your Hardscaping for 2019!
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!