The leaves fall, the temperature drops, and the garden certainly looks austere. Winter has arrived and its icy grip on the landscape has taken hold. The snow falls, builds, melts, turns to ice, and then melts some more. All the while we are anxiously awaiting spring, or at least 40 degree weather. Whatever we can get! How does a landscape architect fit into the reality of winter? I barely want to look outside at this point and I miss the smell of spring, but I am not idle.
One of the most prevalent questions asked us, and probably to most people in the landscape industry, is “What do you do in winter?” Everything. All of it…There’s this myth of the winter slowdown and it’s a time when, in theory, you get to catch up. Organize your files, research building codes, update documents, and generally prepare yourself for the spring push. It sounds idyllic; however, it never seems to actually occur. We may stop planting trees and perennials, but we instead focus on drainage and boulder work. We finish mowing lawn and fall clean-ups just in time for winter interest arrangements and winter pruning. And the design department continues to design. There is always a new project that needs to be surveyed, researched, inventoried, designed, estimated, and have presentation documents prepared.
Certainly, there are times when we are even busier (April/May and October), but there are never times when we are not hard at work. In fact, we’ve already begun scheduling crews for work designed this winter. January to December, 0 degree to 100 degrees, rain or shine, we are working for our clients.