Your yard can be a beautiful extension of your home, but it may also look like a bit of a mess at the end of the winter. As you prepare for warmer weather, your landscaping will need some spring cleaning. Here are 5 tasks to add to your spring landscaping checklist.
The best place to start your cleaning is with the debris that collects on the ground and in flower beds during the fall and winter. Rake up leaves and other dead foliage as soon as possible; wet mats of debris can lead to disease and mold, smother the plants underneath them, and provide a home for pests.
If you have never pruned before, it may seem like a strange concept, but it is vital to the development of many types of plants, including trees and bushes. By correctly cutting back stems and branches, you will promote new growth in your plants. You may want to begin with branches that died or broke during the winter. Some flowers and grasses will also need to be cut back if they are to grow or bloom as the weather warms up. Be sure to do your research and become familiar with the different pruning methods for each type of plant in your landscape design.
Beyond removing branches, spring is a good time to take out any trees and other plants that you no longer want in your yard. There are many reasons to take out a plant, from safety concerns with unstable trees to an aesthetic unbalance caused by a stray bush. In many cases, you will be able to pull out plants on your own, but there are some cases where it would be much safer and more efficient to bring in professionals to help you with your spring cleaning.
Your landscaping includes more than your plants; spring is a good time to assess your paths, patio, furniture, and yard decor. Though some of these may have been in storage during the colder months, others will have been exposed to the elements and will likely require you to make repairs. This is also a good time to take a close look at your fence, your driveway, and the exterior of your home.
Finally, spring is the perfect time for many types of plants to take their place in your landscaping design. Spend time looking at your yard to identify any gaps in your landscaping that need to be filled by new additions to your yard. If you like to plant annuals, such as petunias, marigolds, and most vegetables, you will need put in the new set for the year.
If you have the urge to completely change your landscaping, there is no better time than the spring. New plants have their gentlest transition to your yard during the spring when temperatures are mild. Spring gives you time to adjust to a new maintenance routine before summer hits and gives your plants time to grow and become stronger before winter comes again. If you are ready to try something new in your yard, clean up your property, call a landscaping company, and get creative!