How to Properly Maintain your Landscape at the end of the winter
The groundhog may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but around here, we are thinking Spring! It’s important to remember that your flower beds and landscaping need maintenance in the late winter to ensure they thrive come springtime. We have put together a list of helpful tips to get you started.
Get a Head Start on Pruning
Depending on the level of snow cover in your area, February would be a good time to start pruning trees & shrubs. Fruit trees, in particular, will thrive in the spring when dead wood and suckers are removed before they begin to bud. Be sure to pick up any loose branches that may have fallen or been removed. These can be used later in the season as plant supports for vegetable gardens!
Assess Window boxes and Plant Pots
Many homeowners accent their homes with window boxes full of lush flowers. February is the perfect time to check window boxes for any areas that may need repair. Be sure to check the brackets for rust or other issues, as well. Those who enjoy displaying flowers and small shrubs in pots or urns should check their vessels for cracks.
Start to plan your landscape design now, to avoid scrambling at the last moment. Try to map out where to place certain shrubs & flowers, keeping in mind how much space they will take up when mature. Many plant nurseries will start taking orders this time of year, so customers can be sure they will be able to get just the plants, trees, and shrubs that they desire. Consider ordering early to avoid the hassle of having to find a last-minute substitution.
Mulch in March
Weather permitting, mulching in March is a great way to help ensure that your landscaping is ready for spring. Adding natural fertilizer, such as rich, dark compost or manure, can help add nutrients to ensure that your shrubs and trees will thrive. Mulching also helps prevent weeds, which will save you time and energy down the road.
Contact a Lawn Care & Landscape Maintenance Specialist
For those who might be a little less hands-on, February is a great time to contact a landscaping company. Whether you’re looking for someone to design a beautiful new landscaping theme or maintain what you have currently, the team at Growing Solutions, LLC can help you achieve the perfect landscape to complement your home and fit your budget. Please give us a call for more information!
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