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Preparing Your Landscaping for the Spring

seasonal landscape maintenence
February 17th, 2018   Category: Yard Maintenance -

When spring arrives, you want your landscaping to be ready for it. As with any season, there are a number of things you need to do to make certain your plants, flowers, and trees will be healthy during the growing season.

Preparations Start in the Fall and Winter

Your spring preparations should actually start before winter even hits. That’s the time to prune back your hedges, shrubs, and trees. It’s especially important that you tend to your deciduous and evergreens during the fall. Heavy snows and high winds can cause limbs or even entire trees to collapse. This is bad on its own, but if one of those limbs or trees hits a home, car, or even a person, it’s much worse. Take the time to winterize your landscaping before the winter storms come in. Remember that your landscaping is dormant but not dead, so you need to give it everything it will need to survive the cold.

Here are some of the things you can do during the winter to make your flowers, plants, and trees healthier.

Apply Fertilizer and Pre-Emergents

Weeds begin to germinate much earlier than most people think. In warmer areas, they can start growing in February and quickly take over your landscaping. By applying a pre-emergent during the late fall or winter, you’ll be able to prevent this from occurring. When it starts to warm up, add a post-emergent. This will keep weeds from growing during the winter.

You should also add a slow-release fertilizer to your landscaping. This will help the plants and flowers get the nutrients they need while it’s cold. When you apply this type of fertilizer, it releases about half of its nitrogen and nutrient contents. It then slowly releases the rest over a period of several months. This extra nitrogen will promote growth and keep your plants alive.

Deal with Worms

Have you noticed that opossums, armadillos, and other things have been digging in your yard? If so, you may have an infestation of cutworms or grub worms. You need to put down some larvicide or granular insecticide to stop these worms from reproducing and attracting animals that will destroy all of your hard work.

Prune Your Trees

Pruning trees do not just prevent breaking, it also helps promote new growth. By pruning them, your trees won’t be under as much stress. They also won’t be as likely to contract fungal diseases. When the new season starts, they will be ready to start growing.

Remember that some deciduous trees might need to have limbs pruned even though those limbs aren’t sagging. If you don’t prune them, they may start to sag when they begin growing in the spring.

Remove Any Damage from Grass, Plants, and Shrubs

During the winter, your grass, shrubs, and plants may be damaged. Once it starts to warm up, you’ll want to remove any dead leaves, branches, and other growth. Anything that doesn’t look healthy needs to go. This will help encourage the plants to grow in the spring.

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Back Trees, Shrubs, and Large Plants

You may feel a bit timid when it comes to making large cutbacks, but don’t be. Some larger plants and trees do need to be cut back pretty severely in order to get them to really grow like you’d like them to. This may also be necessary if they’ve grown up over the windows or sidewalks.

Prepare Your Sprinklers for Spring

Once you know the last freeze of the winter has occurred, you can drain your springer system and de-winterize it. Take the time to turn it on and check each area to make sure everything is functioning as it should be. Leaks can occur during the winter, so you may have to have some pipes repaired. Do this early before you really need to start watering your landscaping.

Put in New Plants in Spring and Mulch in the Fall

Spring is the best time for adding new plants to your landscaping. Put in new trees, shrubs, and dormant grass. In some warmer areas, though, you can plant new plants and trees any time the weather allows. During the fall, you want to rack up the leaves and then put in mulch around these new additions. This will help keep them warm during the winter.

Cornerstone Landscapes can help get your yard ready for warmer temperatures. Give us a call (662) 501-0181 or request a free estimate.


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