Preparing Your Landscape for Spring

While Winter is still upon us, it’s not too early to think about preparing your landscape for the warmer climates. Starting some spring cleaning and doing some things to get your yard in shape for spring is not impossible! To have the best-looking landscape, it’s best to start earlier rather than later. Here are a few tips to get your landscape to look wonderful as we approach the outdoor season:

Begin with Yard Clean-Up

A thorough cleanup of your yard is how you should begin preparing your landscape. Removing debris that has made its way into your yard over the course of the winter season is a top priority. Just in case any sharp branches or other things have traveled into your yard as a result of a storm, make sure you wear some nice, thick gloves.

Time to Break Out the Rake!

Over the course of the winter, lots of leaves have blown into your yard – well, it’s time to get rid of them. Pine-cones, acorns, twigs, and branches are equally as important to remove as leaves, as they will prevent your grass from growing healthily. Raking will also de-clump it, and reinvigorate it, just in time for the sunshine to come out.

Staying on the Edge

Edging is a must-do if you want your landscape to be in tip-top shape for spring. Edging helps to define the line between your landscaping and lawn. It also prevents your grass from growing into your beds, which keeps them both looking neater. Having a sharp, well-groomed appearance will only make your landscape look more picturesque, both to you and to those around you!

Prune, Prune, Prune!

To yield the best results for both your trees and shrubs, go ahead and prune just before spring or during early spring. Latent pruning improves your trees’ health and removes dangerous limbs, as well as helps to shape it into a more attractive shape. Pruning your bushes can help revitalize them in spring and keeps their size and shape under control which is important for keeping up your curb appeal.

Give Your Mulching Some Refreshment

To control moisture absorption by plants and to prevent weeds, mulching definitely does improve plant health. Mulch helps moisture control by absorbing water from heavy rain and releasing it over time. Mulch prevents weeds from growing by keeping them covered and weighted down. Make sure to remove your old mulch before applying the new. And to make sure you know where your plants are and prevent from covering them up, it’s a good idea to wait for your plants to sprout up.

Applying Fertilizer

Fertilizing gives your grass nutrients to grow strong and healthy. You should fertilize shortly after or before a light rain if you can. You can also apply pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Pre-emergent herbicide prevents weeds but be careful: it works by stopping all seeds from developing, which includes grass seed. So, don’t apply pre-emergent herbicide if you’re seeding your grass, and be careful about spreading it around your flower beds or other landscaped areas. As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, your yard will thank you for taking the time for a little preparation.

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