Spring and Summer are quickly approaching. It’s about that time you mapped out your landscaping dreams. However, you may be at crossroads on how to begin your spring landscape preparations. Lucky for you, Spring-Green has got your back. Below is a brief guide to help you in your spring landscape planning ventures.
What you need to know about spring planning?
Start with the basics
There are certain mundane tasks that you can undertake to ready your outdoor space for the warm periods. The tasks you perform will however depend on the area in which you reside. Suppose you live in an area with cold temperatures, there are certain tasks on your to-do list that you may not be able to complete immediately. Nonetheless, you must assemble the necessary materials, carry out spot checks, and prepare your schedule in anticipation of temperature drops.
Inspect. Stroll around your compound and examine the health of your trees and shrubs. While at it, you may have to get rid of items that did not make it through the winter. Cut off broken or damaged branches so that they don’t interfere with the growth of your plants.
Test. It is essential to test your soil regularly – approximately every two to three years. Doing so will enable you to determine whether the soil has the recommended pH levels and a proper mix of nutrients to aid in the growth of your plants in spring. You can source the soil testing kits from your local nursery or your lawn care service.
Fertilize. Having tested your soil’s pH and nutrient levels, you are now in a good position to determine whether or not it should be fertilized. In case you decide to fertilize your soil, here are the steps to follow:
- Choose the best fertilizer to apply to your soil based on the test results.
- Your fertilizer application timing should be in line with your grass type. Remember, not all types of grass need to be fertilized in spring.
- Select a controlled or slow-release fertilizer to increase the soil’s nutrient absorption.
- Take heed of all instructions on fertilizer usage to get optimum results.
- Apply the fertilizer to your shrubs and trees that can benefit from it.
Weed. Weeding should be on your springtime lawn preparation agenda. While at it, start the process by raking and removing debris, then move on to eliminate the weeds.
Mulch. Springtime is the opportune time to add a mulch layer to your plant beds and trees. Make sure the layer is about an inch thick to retain moisture in the soil. The one-inch layer mulch will also enable the roots to stay cool in the summer and be insulated in the winter.
Water. Even though springtime may not be the ideal time to provide water to your plants, it’s still important to inspect the sprinkling system so that it’s ready for use when it’s needed.
Common landscaping mistakes to avoid
Starting without a plan. Ensure you have a foolproof plan before you begin your landscaping venture. A well-laid-out plan not only heightens your chances of success but also ensures that your time and money don’t go to waste.
Planting things that are not good for your soil and climate. Test your soil and seek advice from experts on the best plants to grow on your soil.
Not researching local pests. Beware of local pests and rodents like squirrels and rabbits. Avoid growing plants that they savor. Nonetheless, if you do, then make sure you protect your garden from these insects and rodents.
Ignoring attention to timing. Follow all the gardening timeliness strictly. Know when to plant, when to trim, when to fertilize and when to water your plants.
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