4 Easy Spring Landscaping Tips

With the changing of the seasons comes a new lease on life for your yard.  Once the snow has melted and night time frosts are a thing of the past, it’s time to get your property prepared for the warm weather.  In this article we’ve come up with four easy spring landscaping tips to make sure everything is ready for the summer.

Inspect Your Trees

Trees can incur a lot of damage over the winter.  Heavy snowfalls can break branches, cold weather can cause die offs and a lack of moisture can contribute to brittleness.  Visually inspect your trees for dead or broken branches and signs of rot. Removing any sickly limbs or dying trees before they come tumbling down by themselves can save you a lot of trouble.  If you’re unsure, speak to an arborist to get a professional opinion.

Condition Your Lawn

If your lawn has spent the whole winter covered in snow you’ll need to be on the lookout for molds and mildew growth.  The easy way to rectify this is to give it a good raking to allow it to dry out. If the lawn has become compacted due to snow or heavy footfall, use an aeration tool to allow water, nutrients and air to reach the root system.  If there’s any bare spots, now’s the time to sow some grass seed. Consider a light fertilizer to give it a boost. If your lawn is dry and no rain is forthcoming, ensure it gets about an inch of water per week.

Remulch

If you properly prepared your yard for the winter you’d have laid mulch over the flower beds and around the bases of any small trees and shrubs.  Ensuring the mulch is still in place will not only help the soil retain moisture, it also gives your yard a neat looking appearance. Rake any scattered mulch back into place and add more where necessary.

Get Ready To Plant

Spring is time to get the new plants in.  Ideally you’ve spent the winter months creating a planting schedule that you can now put into action.  Some plants and bulbs can be sown while there are still frosty nights whereas others will need to wait until it’s warm enough.  Keep a close eye on the temperatures and frost watches to get an idea of what should be planted and when.