Ah, March, the time when spring landscaping tips began slowly emerging, like the first daffodil leaves.
It’s been a long winter, and it’s not just the groundhogs who are looking to emerge from their dens and see some blue sky and sunshine. Despite what the calendar tells you — the first day of spring is March 20 — we may still be in for some snowflakes before we can safely say goodbye to winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting ready for spring by doing a few early landscaping chores.
Take a look at these preparatory steps you can take to help ensure your yard and garden a healthy start to the new growing season.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
For flowering plants, this should be done ASAP — as soon as the coldest part of winter is behind us. If you wait too long, you risk cutting off emerging blooms, which will result in branches without flowers (or fruit).
The same goes for roses — don’t wait until it gets too warm; do it now.
You can cut dead wood any time, but you won’t be able to tell what’s dead and what isn’t until your plant turns green again this spring, so be careful. Keep an eye out for any branches damaged by heavy snow — you can get rid of these right away.
Treat Your Lawn
Now is the time for fertilization and weed control.
If you want a nice, green lawn come spring, you’ve got to start early. Once the snow melts and you can see the grass again, inspect it for any signs of disease or trauma. If you see anything unusual or suspicious that you can’t identify, enlist the help of a professional landscaper before it gets worse.
If everything looks normal, start by putting down a weed-control product. Check the label and make sure you get pre-emergent for best results. Any persistent dandelions or other weeds can be treated with a post-emergent product later, but you’ll have less to deal with later if you pre-treat.
Once the spring rainy season is over and your lawn dries out, aerate it for optimal growth.
Clean out Your Planting Beds
If you aren’t sure the last frost is behind you, leave cover for tender or delicate plants. Otherwise, rake up all the leaves, branches and other debris that’s gathered there over the dormant season.
Put a weed-control product down here as well — you don’t want to expose your fresh, warm soil to unwelcome seeds carried in by spring breezes.
If you didn’t cut your perennials or ornamental grasses back last spring, do it now, and if you’re going to be planting annuals or vegetables, have your soil tested and see what nutrients it needs.
If any of this sounds like it’s too much work for you, or if you need expert help in some areas, call Earthworks Landscaping. We can get your yard in top shape for the upcoming season, and provide you with more spring landscaping tips.