Those with green thumbs know we’re in the home stretch of the winter season and soon it’ll be time to garden again. Even Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Now is the best time to start gearing up your landscaping before the warmer weather arrives.
Here are eight tips you can use to prep your yard before spring officially (and thankfully) arrives:
- Clean up your yard. Debris will make its way into your yard over the course of the winter season. Before you go about prepping your landscaping, you’ll want to clear away any branches, sticks, and other debris that’s made its way onto your property over the last few months.
- Make your rake your best friend. After clearing away branches and sticks, break out the rake and remove any leaves you may have missed during the fall or have blown into your yard over the winter. Raking will help to break up your grass, too, to help bring it back to life.
- Decide what can stay and what can go. Now that your yard is clear of debris, you can assess your landscaping and figure out if there’s anything worth removing. Plants and shrubs that are past their prime or won’t last another growing season may be better off removed. Winter is actually the perfect time to transplant bushes, trees, and shrubs as long as the ground isn’t frozen.
- Prune your trees and shrubs. Once you’ve decided which plants and shrubs will stay, you can get to pruning. Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase your property value by up to 14% and pruning just before spring offers the best results for your plants. Pruning improves your plants’ health and helps to keep them in shape for better curb appeal.
- Do research on potential new plants. While you’re pruning your trees and shrubs, consider whether your yard could use some new plants this spring. Different plants and flowers offer varying forms, texture, and color to your yard throughout the year. Use this time to do research on which plants would work best in your yard with your soil type and local climate. Consider getting your new plants from a small business. There are about 28 million small businesses operating in the U.S. and family farms make up 89% of all agricultural production.
- Refresh your mulching. Before you can plant new trees, shrubs, and flowers, you need to make sure your current plants are properly mulched. Remove old mulch and wait for your plants to sprout before applying new mulch to make sure you don’t accidentally bury your plants. Mulching keeps your plants healthy by preventing weeds and controlling moisture absorption.
- Restock your landscaping supplies. Now is the best time to do some inventory in your garage or shed to make sure you have everything you need for your yard and landscaping once spring officially arrives. Trucks typically work best for transporting landscaping materials because of their wide truck beds. In fact, Chevrolet widened the 2019 Silverado’s truck bed by seven more inches. If you don’t have a truck handy, that’s fine too. Just be sure to put a few tarps down in your trunk and backseat to keep your vehicle from getting incredibly dirty in the hauling process.
- Choose a slow-release fertilizer. While you’re looking to restock your landscaping materials, make sure to read the label on the fertilizer bag and to choose a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer. This helps to increase your plants’ nutrient absorption and improves the overall health of your soil. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer. While too little fertilizer won’t yield the results you want, too much can harm your lawn.
Late winter to early spring is a great time to get your landscaping ready for the warmer weather. By following the tips above, you can be sure your yard will be in great shape by the time spring officially arrives.