It may still be winter, but that doesnít mean we canít plan for spring! In fact, now is the perfect time to prepare for next season without having to endure the dog days of summer.
At Hittle Landscaping, we know that getting your yard and garden in top shape for warmer temperatures is key. Of course, thereís no shortage of things to do now, including weeding, fertilizing, trimming, irrigation planning, outlining your mowing schedule, and so much more. Lucky for you, we plan ahead!
Here are the top 3 things you can do now to kick off your spring landscaping to-do list:
- Prune away. Now is a great time to prune your forsythia shrubs. After a cold winter, weíre all looking forward to the sight of these cheerful yellow flowers that signal the arrival of spring. Forsythia pruning is a simple task that can be done annually, and should be at the top of every gardenerís spring landscaping list. While these durable shrubs are low maintenance and require little care in terms of soil and nutrients, a little spring pruning goes a long way. With regular trimming, the common complaint of forsythia overgrowth can be easily avoided. Younger plants may only require a modest trimming, while shrubs that have been untended may need to be lopped to the ground. Make time for a quick pruning each spring and your reward will be many years of bright blooms.
- Get a jump start on weeds. Apply a pre-emergent weed killer to keep those pesky weeds at bay the rest of the season. Pre-emergent weed killers are a critical step in spring landscaping, and offer a respite from frustrating and persistent weeds by acting on your soilís top layer, effectively preventing the plant from sprouting. While pre-emergent treatments are not the equivalent of a magic wand that you wave once and never have to worry about again, they do provide an excellent preventative weapon that can also be reapplied, eliminating the majority of weeds in your yard.
- Keep your lawn lush. Nobody likes a patchy lawn. Take a moment to fill in any bare patches and take precautionary steps to keep them from coming back. Keep drought at bay with regular maintenance and use a turf builder to keep spots from going bare. While youíre at it, incorporate equipment maintenance into your spring landscaping to-do list. Inspect your lawnmower and maintenance equipment thoroughly and be sure to replace parts as needed. Remember, your lawn is only as strong as its crew!
Preparing your landscape for the coming season requires a little work, but you donít have to do it alone. Hittle Landscaping is here for all your spring landscaping needs and maintenance projects. With more than 40 years of experience, you can count on us help you craft the perfect outdoor space.
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