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Water, Ice, and Snow, Oh My! Tips For Managing a Winter Backyard



As Christmas comes ever closer and holiday tunes are played on repeat, it is common to experience a bit of snow and ice building up in your luxury backyard. Particularly with amenities such as your water feature, pool cover, and patios and walkways, the wet freeze can inhibit your ability to fully enjoy your luxury backyard. Fortunately, after many winters (and many cups of hot chocolate) Groundscapes has all the tips and advice to properly care for your luxury backyard when snow and ice come to town! At Groundscapes, we bring over 20 years of experience working with some of the finest commercial enterprises in the Omaha Metro and La Vista area. During that time, we’ve learned a thing or two from our partners about the importance of (luxury) landscaping for your business and the impact it can have on your customers and employees. Take away the holiday stress with these easy and simple ways to deal with water in winter!


1. Water Features



Likely one of the first aspects of your luxury backyard to either freeze over or become bitterly cold, depending on the flow of the water, it can be disheartening to see dead leaves, pine cones, and other odd bits and bobs clogging up your luxury water feature. Especially with a fine coating of snow and ice, it can even become easily buried and lose all the ambience and serenity that makes our water features so fun. Fortunately, with a bit of attention and care, you can instead turn your water feature into a pseudo ice sculpture or unique winter backyard element. First off, make sure to properly clean out your water feature and empty it, so nothing gets stuck or clogged- Groundscapes can help with that. Next, when the snow and ice eventually settle on it, you can wipe off what looks bad and keep what looks amazing, like a self crafted ice sculpture!


2. The Pool



Ahh, to reminisce about those warm summer days spent lounging by the pool and splashing in the crystal clear water! But even in the midst of a snowy, cozy December, you can turn your pool into a relaxing outdoor hardscape or patio with a simple pool cover technique! With Groundscapes help and careful expertise, we can cover your pool for the winter season and create a new temporary patio, lounge area, firepit, or make it a part of the luxury landscape. It might also be a great spot to install a huge, decor laden Christmas tree to really make your backyard and landscape shine!


3. Patio, Walkways, and Hardscapes



It can be tricky to enjoy your outdoor hardscapes, patio, or feel safe on your walkways and steps when they are covered with ice and snow! Especially for guests or children, it's important to know how to properly care for and clear off these slippery surfaces. Begin of course by shoveling and removing as much snow as possible, then scatter a fine layer of ice melt to keep sure footing and to melt the ice faster! Scrape off any excess ice and turn on the outdoor heaters, fire features, and lighting to help speed up the process. Finally, throwing down a good outdoor rug or two onto your hardscape can seal the deal in terms of still being able to enjoy your luxury backyard. Happy relaxing!


We understand how frustrating snow and ice can be, but with a little effort and of course all the help you can get from your team at Groundscapes, there is no reason to not be able to enjoy your luxury backyard! If you are based in the Omaha Metro, La Vista, Valley or Bennington area, and are interested in improving your commercial landscape, don’t hesitate to contact Groundscapes. As Omaha’s premier landscaping company, Groundscapes Luxury Landscapes are some of the finest designs in the entire midwest! Get started today by consulting our unique design consultation form.


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