10 Tips for Preparing Your Landscape for Spring

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10 Tips for Preparing Your Landscape for Spring

Even though we’re still thinking about snow, it’s a good time to start preparing your spring to-do list for your lawn and garden. You can call it a spring cleanup or simply summer prep, but if you fail to take some action before blooms arrive in a few months, you’ll see that your landscape will quickly get out of control. The more work you get done now, the easier your lawn and garden will be to maintain the rest of the year. Sunrise Landscape and Design spring cleanup services will help prepare your landscape for the spring and summer months.

  1. Strategize. Before you move a muscle, you should decide how you want your landscape to look this year. If you need a little inspiration, the internet is full of beautiful and creative ideas. Do you want to make any significant changes to your landscape? If so, decide now so that you can avoid putting effort into areas that you’ll be transforming in a month or two anyway. If you need some assistance, Sunrise landscape design professionals ready to help!

  1. Plan. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of planning. If you are adding annuals, new shrubs, or even trees to your yard this year, map out where you want them to go. Keep the size of the plant at its maturity in mind; no one wants a tree growing into the side of their house or a bush covering a beautiful front window. Also, think about plant textures, colors, and heights while plotting out your garden beds. Mixing things up will make your beds more attractive and balanced.

  1. Edge. Creating a strong border between your garden beds and your lawn will make your landscape look more polished and refined. It also helps keep grass out of your garden! Once the ground starts to thaw, dig down three inches at a 45-degree angle to establish a solid edge around your beds.

  1. Prune. Did you know that many plants can be pruned during the winter? Do a little research, but you may be able to knock out most of your pruning before spring is even in the air. Get rid of the three “D”s when cutting back your perennials: damaged, dead, and diseased. (Make sure you don’t cut off any of the buds that are waiting to blossom. They won’t grow back until next year.)

  1. Clean up. After you’ve pruned and edged, now it’s time to rake up all that debris to create a clean slate for spring. Don’t forget to look for toys that may have settled into your lawn over the fall and winter. If you have a compost pile, all those leaves and small branches will make an excellent addition to it.

  1. Block. Put a pre-emergent on your garden bed and lawn to stop weeds before they begin to germinate. If you are planning on seeding or installing sod in the spring, though, skip this step for your lawn. Otherwise, you can apply a pre-emergent up to three times per year to help stymie weed growth. If random weeds still pop up, try a homemade weed killer to wipe them out before they get a chance to spread.

  1. Feed. You want them to be as healthy and hardy as possible so that they can endure whatever Mother Nature throws at them this year. If you fertilized your lawn in fall, some of that fertilizer is probably still there. You can wait until late spring to apply a slow-release nitrogen to liven up your turf and make it greener.

  1. Mulch. After applying your pre-emergent,  add up to three inches of new mulch to your beds and around your trees. Mulch helps block weeds and holds in moisture, so it’s important to get a good layer on before the summer heat hits. If you have some old mulch, consider removing it completely before putting new mulch on top. Old mulch can hide insects and disease, so sometimes it’s best to discard it altogether.

  1. Examine. Even if you winterized your lawn mower, now is a good time to take it out and make sure that it’s in good working order. It’s an excellent idea to have your blades sharpened every spring just to make sure that you are cutting your grass shoots and not tearing them. Torn shoots brown at the tips, giving your lawn a sickly appearance. In addition to inspecting your blades, adjust your mower height to a minimum of two-and-a-half inches if you have cool-season grasses. If you have warm-season grasses, you can go as low as half an inch – depending on your variety.

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    Manage. There’s nothing worse than planning the perfect landscape only to have it serve as a buffet to local wildlife. If pests are an issue in your area, implement wire mesh or fencing to make sure all your hard work doesn’t end up in Bambi’s belly.

While you are trapped inside, avoiding freezing rain or howling winter winds, close your eyes and imagine how you’d like your landscape to look this year. With a little effort and planning, you can achieve the picture-perfect yard of your dreams in 2017. It’s only a to-do list away.  Contact Sunrise for help with your spring cleanup tasks.  We can tailor a program that fits your budget and landscape.  Preparing your landscape now, allows you to enjoy the maximum growth and beauty of your landscape in the spring and summer.

 


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