Spring is finally here and the days are getting longer – Hooray!! Now it’s time to start thinking about the spring landscaping. There are several landscaping activities that you generally want to do in the springtime, but where do you start?
The following are a few suggestions on how to tackle your to-do list. These are some of the most common landscaping tasks that need doing once things start to warm up, and getting them out of the way early can make other landscaping tasks easier as we roll through spring, and summer comes.
Who knows – maybe taking care of some of these items will inspire you to take on a larger landscaping project later in the year?
Clean Up That Winter Refuse -The winter can be tough on your lawn, especially if you still have grass. Even if you have a desert landscape, you will likely find clumps of leaves that haven’t quite decayed, sticks, and branches that fell during the winter … it can all leave a bit of a mess behind. Spend some time cleaning up the mess left by winter before you start any other tasks, and you’ll find that the rest of your spring to-do list will be much easier.
Prune the Trees and Shrubs – Early spring is a great time to prune most of your trees and shrubs since it’s before they get into a substantial growth period. Early pruning allows you to shape them the way you want them to be and gives you a chance to eliminate unwanted overhangs and encroachment. If you wait until there’s new growth, you can stunt some of that growth and make it harder to control how your trees and shrubs are forming.
Prep Your Lawn – If you have a grass lawn, you will want it to look its best, so you need to show it some love in the spring. Aerate the garden to help break up soil packed by cold temperatures in the winter, dethatch it to help it grow in thicker, and sow some seed to fill in bare spots once it’s warm enough. If your lawn has an uneven surface after the winter, bringing in a roller to go over the yard wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
If you have desert landscaping, you might want to rake your rocks and use your hose to clean them off.
If you see sparse areas, you might want to purchase some new rocks and spread them around.
Clean Up Your Flower Beds – If you have flower beds around your home, chances are they could use a bit of picking up after the winter. Please get rid of any damaged plants, pull any weeds or grass that tried to get established during the winter, and tidy up any debris or other crud that might have found their way into your beds. You should also pull away the winter mulch surrounding your perennials and divide them to get your beds off to a good start.
Feed and Protect – While you’re working on your lawn and your flower beds, go ahead and take the time to prep them for spring growth. Add new mulch to your beds as needed, give your lawn a good dose of fertilizer, and make sure that all your other plants are similarly fed and protected. Your plants, trees, and bushes will be doing a lot of growing in the coming months, so you want to make sure that they have everything they need.
Plan Your Summer – This is also the time to prepare for late spring and summer projects as well. If you’re going to have a garden, take the time to start prepping it now by tilling the soil, working in compost, and beginning some of your spring seeds indoors. If you’re going to undertake a construction project or add new features to your lawn, go ahead and start clearing the area. The work you put in now will make things so much easier when you get to that project.
Ready to Get to Work? – Depending on what you have planned, you may need a bit of help to get your landscaping in tip-top shape. Luckily, I have a list of professional and trusted landscapers that I can recommend to you. Just reach out at any time.