The groundhog didn’t see its shadow this year, but that early spring he predicted still seems a long way off on a day like this.
All the more reason to think about warmer weather, which is why we decided to put together these tips for sprucing up your lawn and garden and surrounding landscape. Here are six spring landscape ideas to get your yard ready for the warmer months.
1. Do a basic clean-up
The first thing to do to prepare for spring: do some basic landscape maintenance and clean your yard from end to end. Start by removing debris that’s collected during the winter. You may want to wear some heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands. There might be jagged, broken branches leftover from this winter’s storms.
2. Break out the rake
Once the yard is cleaned up, get out your rake to remove any leaves that are either left from the fall or new arrivals from the winter. You’ll be able to get up any loose twigs, pinecones, acorns, etc. as you go. Raking also has a secondary advantage: it breaks up clumped-up grass and helps spark growth.
3. Let the pruning begin
Next on our list of spring landscape ideas: pruning. Spring is peak pruning time for your trees and shrubs. You’ll improve the health of your trees while also getting rid of potentially dangerous, dangling limbs and giving them a more attractive shape. You’ll also help revitalize your shrubs while helping keep their size and shape more manageable.
4. Edge your lawn
By edging, you can help delineate the space where your lawn ends, and your landscaping begins. It will keep grass from growing into your beds and give your yard a well-kept look.
5. Add new mulch
When you add new mulch, you’re helping your plants by controlling moisture absorption and keeping weeds covered so they can’t sprout. It’s a good idea to remove any old mulch before you apply a new layer. Wait until your plants begin to sprout so you don’t cover them and prevent their growth.
6. Fertilize your yard
Last on this spring landscape ideas list is fertilization. Fertilizer is a key ingredient in keeping your grass strong. Add fertilizer just before or after it rains if possible.
This is also a good time to put down pre-emergence herbicide to prevent weeds. However, this herbicide works by keeping seeds from developing, so be careful about where you apply it, and avoid using it altogether if you’re seeding your grass.
If you have too much yard to tackle these spring landscape ideas on your own, or just not enough time on your hands to spruce up your lawn, turn to Realty Landscaping.
Our experienced horticulturalists and maintenance crew are committed to providing top-quality care for your landscaping, while still adhering to sound horticultural practices and safety standards.