They say that the early bird gets the worm, and we think that the sentiment extends to landscape prepping as well. When the first rays of sun come up on a spring landscape, the shoots come up and buds start forming. You don’t want to miss creating one of the season’s spectacles by not preparing your landscaping for the coming spring ahead of time. Follow these recommendations to have one of the brightest and tidiest landscapes when the weather warms and the birds return.
Fixing Fencing and Features
Make sure that the structure of your yard is solid and can hold the coming flowers, trees, and decorations that you will want to bring in when the weather warms. Fences, concrete curbing, and garden boxes are all elements that keep plants organized and present a pleasant visual. Before the end of winter, walk along the perimeter of your yard and check for holes and rotten wood in your fence. Winter weather conditions can:
- Blow over sections of fencing or yard decorations
- Rot wood and damage paint
- Make lawn furniture look dingy or discolored
To create the most appealing tableau come spring, address any repairs that need to be made to the man-made features in your yard.
Bulbs are often the first types of flowers that will shoot up. Crocuses and snowdrops come out in late winter or early spring. If you want to make sure that your yard is the first to show color, plant some of these early risers. You can buy different varieties on the Internet or pop into your local nursery to see what kind of bulbs and seeds they have. If you plan at the beginning of the growing season, you can time it so each section of your garden has a different type of flower at each point in the spring, summer, and early autumn.
Prepping for Pests
There are no bugs or rodents around during the winter. They hunker down or hibernate and wait for the warmer temperatures. For this reason, going around your yard to make it inhospitable is very productive in the late winter. Destroy wasps’ nests so that they won’t come back when the weather’s warm. Put down mouse traps, as the rodents can steal seeds after you plant them.
Pruning in Late Winter
The time that most landscape companies recommend for pruning is in the late winter. At this time, trees haven’t started to bud. Catching the tree or shrub before budding is important, as the plant expends a lot of energy putting out buds and chopping branches that have buds can be extremely traumatic. Stock up on pruning supplies, including gloves and clippers, or invite a landscaping company to come and give you an estimate. They can let you know which of your trees needs to be pruned and how much you can expect to pay. With all of this prep work, your yard will look fresh, colorful, and vibrant when the life of spring finally pushes through the long cold of the winter.