The cold winter weather has given way to warmer temperatures, so it’s the perfect time to start working on your spring landscaping. Here are tips to help you get started.
Spring Cleaning the Landscaping
During the winter months, your yard likely accumulated leaves, sticks, pine needles, and other matter. Now is the time to clean up. Thoroughly rake the yard, including around the bases of bushes and shrubs. Clean debris from flower beds and use your rake to aerate the topsoil. Spring landscaping efforts should always start with debris removal.
Pruning and Weeding
Inspect bushes, trees, and shrubs. Look for dead limbs and broken branches. Trim overgrowth and prune bushes away from the siding. Early spring pruning is beneficial for many trees and shrubs. Remove dead or dying parts that may delay new growth. Pull weeds from flower beds and from around shrubs and bushes.
Spring Landscaping: Add Edging
Consider adding edging, or borders, between your landscaping and lawn. You can make a border from almost anything: stone, brick, wall blocks, or purchase rolls of flexible landscape edging. It not only looks attractive but helps prevent grass from growing in unwanted places. It also provides a visible line at the edge of your grass and gives your spring landscaping a tidy, manicured appearance.
Seed and Fertilize
Apply grass seed to bare patches of your lawn. As a general rule of thumb, always over-seed. Rain and wildlife can reduce grass seed volume before it can take root. Over-seeding ensures that there are enough grass seeds to fill the patches.
Fertilize your lawn, flower beds, and around shrubs and trees. Avoid using weed killers on your lawn or in flower beds. If you plan to add any plants or grow flowers from seeds; the weed killer will inhibit growth in those areas.
Mulch and Mow
After fertilizing, add mulch around your flower beds, shrubs, and trees about an inch thick. If the existing mulch layer in your spring landscape is thicker than three inches, remove enough old mulch to accommodate the thickness of the new layer. Be sure to spread the mulch at least 6″ away from tree trunks to keep the trees healthy.
Finish your spring prep by mowing the lawn. For a healthier lawn, start mowing early and mow frequently. During the first month of spring, mow every three to five days. If you allow your grass to grow too high and only mow once a week, you can damage the grass’ root system.
As the weather warms, you’ll have many projects to complete around the house. Spring landscaping tasks add more to the list, but if you take the time, your landscape will be easier to maintain through the fall season. You do not need to accomplish all of these tasks at once. Spread out your prep and maintenance work across a few days.