2015 Early Spring Landscaping Tips

Spring will be here before you know it! With warm weather approaching it is important to start planning for a healthy landscape for spring 2015. We’ve prepared a handy little list for early spring landscaping tips. It is ideal to complete before the snow melts completely and spring rains begin to arrive.

Keeping Spring Water Runoff Clean

  • Remove pet waste and trash from streets, sidewalks and driveways so that the water runoff is as clean as possible (after all this water drains into lakes, river, wetlands and storm sewers).
  • Clean gutters and put the leaves and twigs in a compost pile or bag them with your other yard trimmings.

Spring Lawn Preparation

  • Remove all twigs, branches and other yard debris/trimmings.
  • Rake the lawn to remove the dead growth, fallen leaves and other debris.
  • Re-seed bare spots of lawn and keep these areas moist for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Fix all trellises and fencing. This is the easiest time of your to repair because there is less growth and fewer roots.
  • Adding pine straw around the base of trees, shrubs and plants will protect them, add valuable nutrients into the soil that the roots will intake and enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Garden Bed Preparation

  • Repair any bowed sides on raised garden beds that water/snow and wet winter soils may have caused.
  • Remove and weeds that appear in garden beds as the roots are the easiest to pull because the roots are shallow.
  • Remove dead foliage (including ornamental grasses and ferns), pull all old vegetable plant skeletons.
  • Covering bare spots (or replacing the mulch/ground cover) is also a good idea. Covering bare spots with pinestraw will drastically minimize the emergence of new weeds when spring arrives. Adding pine straw at a depth of 3 to 4 inches is ideal.
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