Spring has finally arrived, and that means your outdoor landscape and gardens are ready to spring back to life. There are several steps you should follow to clean up and maintain your yard and landscape after months of dormancy during the winter. Here are a few suggestions you should follow in order to create a healthy and attractive outdoor landscape.
The first thing your outdoor landscape will need is a thorough clean up. It’s likely that there are a few pieces of debris, such as twigs and leaves, that piled up throughout the winter season. The removal of debris from shrubs helps to remove disease from your garden beds that may be on fallen leaves. Once your lawn is free of debris, it becomes much easier to soak up fertilizers you may use, which improves the health of your lawn.
Pruning and Cutting Back
Spring pruning is critical for removing dead branches and maintaining the correct form for plants, shrubs, and trees. This task allows plants to generate new growth and can be done annually to every 3-5 years. Snip smart, and you’ll see more blooms and thicker foliage.
Apply Your Fertilizers and Pre-Emergent Herbicides
Speaking of fertilizers, spring is the time to start applying them to your lawn. Fertilizer is necessary for giving your grass the nutrients it needs to grow. At the same time, you should give your lawn pre-emergent herbicides, which are designed to prevent crabgrass from becoming an issue. Both of these should be applied at the beginning of spring, then applied again after six to eight weeks. Taking preventative measures to protect your lawn ensures you don’t have to combat crabgrass for the entire spring season.
Stay on Top of Mowing
Something that homeowners might try to do is mow their lawns only one time per week. The problem is that the roots of the grass become stunted if grass is allowed to grow too much. This keeps roots from reproducing as they should. Because of this, we advise that you mow your lawn every five days.
Use a Nice Heavy Type of Mulch
Mulch is needed for your gardens in order to protect your plants, shrubbery, and trees against the intensity of the sun. Mulch retains moisture, making it easier for your plants to absorb water and stay hydrated, which will become more difficult as temperatures increase during spring. Heavier types of mulch are preferred because of their superior longevity.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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