Spring is just around the corner; that means your foliage will soon start coming back to life, and early bloomers will show their colors for the world to see! Maximize the beauty of your landscape by following these simple winter landscaping tips below.
One of the best things you can do to keep your property looking beautiful into the spring months involves keeping it clean. Use a bag to pick up any twigs and debris that may have accumulated around your lawn during the winter. Rake dead leaves and, either compost them, turn them into mulch, or throw them out. If you have an air blower, first move the leaves into a manageable pile. It’s always a good idea to clean up, to eliminate rot, and so that fertilizers and nutrients you may apply will penetrate the ground more readily.
Apply Your Lawn Treatments
Late winter and early spring are great times to apply fertilizers, pre-emergent (if necessary or desired), and herbicides (for weed prevention). Some weeds, such as crabgrass, are easier to prevent than they are to kill. You may often find these products in combinations, designed to make them easier to apply. Always feel free to call a professional, who will apply it for you in just the right amounts.
Choose a Mulch
After you’ve treated your lawn (and mowed, if appropriate), now is a great time to focus on your flower beds, dead shrub branches, and mulch. You’ll want to spruce up your edging, and then carefully trim back any dead or out-of-place branches on shrubs and bushes. Choose a nice, heavy mulch, made of hardwood if possible. Though it will cost more, it will also last far longer, and provide a much better aesthetic look.
Get Your Trees Trimmed
In late winter, it’s often difficult for you to really determine which branches are dead and which are dormant, so this is a job that is almost always best left to the professionals. It’s also one of the most important tasks on this list, since dead branches can pose a safety hazard to residents and passersby. Most professionals recommend pruning for safety once every couple of years. These experts tend to agree it’s best to conduct these pruning sessions before the leaves sprout, since it’s easier to find branches that have broken away from the tree.
Don’t Seed Yet
It’s very, very tempting to get out into the lawn with a bag of grass seed to cover up any bare or brown patches. But seeding your lawn is a fruitless endeavor if you’re applying lawn treatments. They simply won’t allow the new seed to germinate properly. Focus on fertilizing for now. There’s a good chance that, over time, the brown or bare spots will fill themselves in. Or, rather than seeding, consider sod for the especially bare or brown areas.
Preparing your landscape in winter will ensure your property looks beautiful and fresh for spring. Though property owners and their maintenance crews typically can handle some of these tasks on their own, it is best to leave some – such as the application of lawn treatments – to the experts for safety. Happy landscaping!