One of the best things about community life is how lovely and atmospheric HOA neighborhoods can be. With wonderfully high property values and well-kept hedges, a little dusting of winter snow only completes the pretty picture!

Sometimes, though, winter weather gets cold, sad, and slushy. And sometimes it’s hard to keep common areas and landscaping looking their best. When you’re just focused on keeping the roads clear, after all, it’s a bit hard to prioritize the shrubbery.

But these goals don’t need to be mutually exclusive!

Gassen, Eden Prairie local property management pros, is here with a few simple ways to make things look great in your HOA, even when the cold weather outside is anything but.

1. Holiday Lights Always Work Wonders

If your HOA has the budget for it, lights strung up in the public areas (think partitions and parks), add the perfect amount of sparkle to any style of neighborhood. No space is too ritzy for a little extended holiday cheer!

Even a small amount of string lights near the entrance sign can show residents that you care about their neighborhood, no matter the weather. For this to pay off, of course, you’ll need to make sure you can do it safely without blowing a circuit somewhere.

You’ll also need to mind the weather and keep an eye out for storms. While most light fixtures, when properly affixed, can handle quite a bit of turmoil, larger structures or blow-up figures may be another story.

2. Hardscaping Provides Visual Interest

Better Homes and Gardens recommends, when it comes to gardening, that you shift your focus in the wintertime towards “hardscaping” – using ornaments, such as trellises, rocks, or sculptures to create visual interests.

This tip can apply to HOA gardens, too. Hardscape objects don’t need as much tending as plants do, and they can generally be installed in a variety of timeframes. Care for your existing fixtures and consider investing in a few new ones to create a wow-worthy winter landscape.

3. Plant Foliage Adds a Pop of Color (Even in Winter)

Most plants in Minnesota look brown and dead or dormant, at least, in the heart of winter. But there are some beautiful and hardy plants out there that can still add some bright color to your otherwise brown or white, snow covered garden areas.

The Twin Cities and most of Minnesota lie in plant hardiness zones 3 and 4, so make sure when you are planning your garden you are planting foliage that withstands these zones.

For bursts of red in your garden, add paperbark maples, with bark that peels off in rusty red layers, or carolina roses, with their bright red stems and small berries.

Seeing golden yellows in your garden on a gray day is a good way to brighten your winter mood. So incorporate a golden scots pine or a Norway spruce to cut through blah winter colors.

There are even multiple types of Colorado pines that offer a variety of subtle colors, from blues to greens to golds, that can turn a drab garden into something spectacular.

4. Heated Bird Baths Bring Decoration & Life

Missing the movement and color of birds in your backyard? Bring some of it back, even in the cold winter months, with a heated bird bath.

Having a tall bird bath fixture in your yard, like other hardscaping objects, adds height, color, and texture to your lawns. But with the heated element, it also invites wintering birds to stop by, too.

Having a drinkable water source is vital for birds, especially small birds, who stay in Minnesota over the winter. Eating snow to hydrate themselves uses a lot of energy for not a lot of water, so birds need liquid water to survive.

Providing birds with a good water source in the winter, not only helps them live but you get the benefit of seeing some life flutter around your home!

Gassen: For Prosperous, Beautiful HOAs

No matter the season, our team of property managers is always one step ahead. With financial planning and association management to exterior maintenance services, our team is here to make your HOA neighborhood exceptional!

Give our Eden Prairie office a call today at 952-922-5575 to request a quote and learn more about how we can help your community meet its unique needs.