In many parts of the country spring is right around the corner if it’s not here already. If you live in one of these areas, it’s time to start getting your lawn and garden into shape to take advantage of the spring growing season. If you start now, you should enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden all year.
If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and prune shrubs except for spring flowering shrubs. Wait on these until after they have flowered. Check your trees for dead branches and limbs. Small branches are safe to remove if you can get to them, but if winter has done some damage to your trees and you have large dead or broken branches, have them professionally removed by an arborist. Improper pruning can damage your trees.
Add mulch to your flowerbeds as needed. Mulch deters weed growth and helps keep the soil moist. A layer of mulch usually lasts about a year, and spring is the ideal time to bring your mulch up to about two to three inches. A newly established bed will need more mulch than a well-established bed that may only need an inch of additional mulch.
This is a good time to fertilize your lawn and to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control weeds that have already germinated before they get too big. Hopefully you overseeded in the fall, but if you are planning on overseeding in the Spring, be sure to use a preemergent herbicide that will not damage the new seedlings. Use of post emergent herbicides should be delayed four to five weeks after overseeding to give the new seedlings time to become established.
Your landscaping service professional can help you with your Spring landscaping and lawn care.