Are you Ready?
1. Tune Up Your Tools
Make sure your equipment is in working order especially your edger, mower, clippers and gardening tools. Take your mower down to your favorite local mower shop to sharpen blades. Dull blades can lead to tearing of the grass, and a resulting brown color and fungus development. If you decide to do it yourself, our friends at This Old House can take you through the steps on how to properly sharpen your blades.
In the early spring, you also want to mow your grass high. Cool-season grass needs a bit more space to grow than warm-season grass. This sort of lawn care can make the difference a few months down the road in the hot months.
Bonus Tip -- It’s important to run your sprinkler system to ensure all zones are working, your timer is functioning properly and that there aren’t any leaks in irrigation lines. If you find breaks, you’ll want to get it fixed as soon as possible.
2. Check For Pests
During the winter, you may have experienced minimal pest activity around your property. This is because insects become more dormant during the cooler temperatures. However, now that it's starting to get warmer outside you will begin to see more pest activity. As plants grow out and touch the side of your house, ants are able to use the tree limbs as a bridge to your home.
Trimming new tree limbs and foliage away from the house will help decrease the chance of these pests getting inside.
As the flowers begin to bloom, there will also be an increase in wasps and bees. Since flowers are full of fresh pollen they will attract a wide variety of flying insects. Keep an eye on the leaves and trees around your home for possible nests. Checking your home and yard is key to maintaining a pest free environment. Call your local pest treatment company and have them come out to your home and do a thorough inspection.
3. Pruning & Pulling
Due to the increase in rainfall during winter, plant growth is inevitable. Early spring is the perfect time for pruning your trees and shaping them before flowers start blooming. Spend some time trimming back any overgrowth or unkept hedges that may have got away from your during the wet season.
With excessive plant growth, comes unwanted weeds. Check flower beds, around hardscapes, near lawn or turf areas and behind hard to reach spaces particularly against the house. Spend time pulling weeds, preferably by the roots to prevent them from coming back. Another alternative is contact a weed abatement service and get your weeds sprayed.
4. Consider NEw Additions
Consider adding new plants to your front and backyard. If there are any gaps around your yard or if some didn’t make it through winter, consider investing a bit into sprucing up your landscape. When choosing the right plants, take a look at garden publications, Houzz.com, social media, or drop by your local home improvement store or nursery and have them recommend a few different varietials based on the look you are going for and the maintenance level you are comfortable with. Being able to map out major areas of your yard you will be planting is an essential step for planting.
Choose the best location for flowerbeds, potted plants, shrubs and trees for optimal visual appeal.
Make sure there is enough space between clusters of plants to minimize overcrowding and reduce the chances of them having to compete against each other in the same living space.
Choose a combination of high-maintenance and low-maintenance plants and select strategic positions to place them across your garden. Create an outdoor living space and garden that is suitable for long-term maintenance.
If you have a large yard with ample square footage, give yourself an extra month or two and start thinking about what kind of upgrades and new looks you want to give your yard come summer. For those who love to garden and want to keep your yard looking prestine all year long, getting serious in early spring makes for a great summer and can be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year.
What additions are you planning to make to your yard this year? If you need any landscaping ideas or advice, check out our Instagram or Facebook and send us a message. We would be delighted to point you in the right direction.