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Preparing for Spring Landscaping and Planting

Preparing for Spring Landscaping and Planting

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Spring is on the horizon, and it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start preparing your lawn for warmer weather. Here are just a few basic landscaping tips!

Invest In Slow-Release Fertilizers

Slow-release fertilizers are a godsend for the modern gardener. Not only will they keep your lawn consistently fertilized over a period of several weeks, they can also be applied before winter is even finished! As long as it isn’t snowing, you can put your fertilizer to work despite low temperatures and icy winds. Then your soil will be fresh, fertilized and ready for planting as soon as spring arrives.

Preparing Spring Landscaping Planting Bulbs ImageMind Your Mulch

If you applied mulch to your perennials in the fall, you might be wondering about the right time to remove it. The short answer is “it depends,” and the long answer involves the type, density and placement of the mulch. If it’s formed a thick, crusty layer of dead leaves and lawn debris, you’ll want to clear it away as soon as the weather warms. On the other hand, if it’s only formed a light barrier over your perennials, you can leave it alone and let them push through the mulch on their own.

Start Draining

This is especially important as winter snows start to melt. You’ll need a good drainage system to prevent soggy patches in the middle of the yard that are both unfashionable and bad for the soil. A short-term solution might be extending the downspout from your rain gutters, but a long-term solution should work during spring showers and summer storms, too. Think about installing a creek bed or putting a French drain underneath your lawn.

Prune Your Trees

Pruning is essential for healthy trees, and the beginning of spring is a great time to do it. You’ll be able to examine the branches while you work and note any signs of dryness or disease. Just keep in mind that dead branches aren’t the only ones that need to be pruned! Especially with deciduous trees, you might need to preemptively trim them to keep their branches from sagging as they bloom.

Preparing Spring Landscaping Planting Grass ImageKnow Your Grasses

There are many different types of grass, and yours might not be the same as your neighbour’s. If you really want a beautiful, bountiful lawn, you’ll need to do some research on how to properly care for your specific kind of turf. For example, you might need a certain amount of direct sunlight for your grass to grow to its full potential, or you might need to adjust your lawnmower blades to cut to a particular length.

Stop Weeds Before They Start

The best kind of weed control doesn’t allow them to grow in the first place. If you’re willing to treat your grass with pre-emergent weed killers while the weather is still cool, you’ll reap the benefits when it’s finally weed season outside. You’ll notice fewer thistles and dandelions where your garden is going to be so you can focus on your flowers instead of their unwanted cousins.

Don’t Forget Pest Control

In the same vein as the above, it’s always better to stop an infestation before it starts rather than battling the bugs after they’ve already set up shop in the backyard. Think about spraying your perimeter with pesticides or installing something like a mosquito misting system throughout the lawn. You’ll appreciate your foresight when summer comes around and you aren’t overrun with insects!

These are just a few tips for planting, pruning and landscaping in the springtime. A gorgeous yard can be yours, but you have to be willing to work for it!

 

Photo credits: tree branch, bulbs, grass

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