Winter is Here! Prep For Spring With These Handy Tips

It’s that time of year again – winter is here to stay! In our last article, we went over the steps you need to take in order to make sure your yard is winterized. And now, we want to make sure that you’re staying well ahead of schedule by prepping for your spring projects. Undertaking landscaping projects come with many steps you need to take to ensure your next project is a success.

Winter in Durango

If you haven’t already…Prep your yard!

The first thing you need to do is to prep your yard, it all depends on what kind of landscaping you already have in your yard. Here are a few things that you can do to prepare for the spring!

 

  • Rake your yard- If you haven’t already removed all of the detritus from your lawn then this should be the first step when preparing your lawn. This job can be quite a job but is it worth it and you will see huge results.
  • Apply grass seed- Take advantage of the moisture that is in the spring air and plant plenty of grass seeds. This is great because when summer comes the grass will have already had time to grow and the grass seeds will also thrive excessively because it’s spring.
  • Apply Mulch- Mulch will protect your grass and also help it grow due to the moisture provided. This should normally be applied after you have planted your grass seeds because the moisture provided would be an enormous help to get the seeds started.
  • Prune your shrubs- It is good to prune your shrubs when spring begins to make room for new growth. If you have a plant with marginally hardy stems such as roses and clematis should be pruned all the way back to live wood. Shrubs with a harder stem such as hydrangeas and late blooming spireas should be pruned to the first pair of buds above the ground.
  • Apply weed killer- This is not as common, but it is a great precaution to take to get rid of the weeds before they appear. I recommend this because it is much more convenient than waiting until the summer due to weeds growing in unpredictable places and being difficult to wipe one once grown.

 

Landscape plan-

Before you go crazy on a design it is important to make a landscape plan because we all like efficiently using our resources and managing risks. Here are some tips that will help you create effectively create a landscape plan.

 

  • Create a basic grid of your lawn- First you must measure the area of your yard and transfer it onto a piece of graph paper or you can try using an online design tool like Google Landscape. Then you’re going to want to plot the position of the objects that you are unable to change or that you don’t think matter. Then you’re going to sketch out your plan is sure to include details like irrigation, lighting systems, running electricity. Once you have drawn the basic skeleton you can now move on to including all of the décors you want to include into your yard.
  • Hydrozones- it is good to know how water affects your yard. Start by analyzing the drainage patterns and test your soil for moisture. This will help you determine where you going to want to plant your plants and it will also help you determine what kind of precautions you need to take to make sure that your lawn isn’t too dry or too moist.
  • Determine Hazards- It is essential to determine the hazards and concerns of your back yard. Make sure that your walkways and sidewalks are cleared of rocks and branches to avoid tripping; also, you should prune dead tree limbs to keep them from falling on someone. Try walking around your yard and looking for yourself to see if anything in your back yard could potentially be dangerous.
  • Planting zones- All different plant types are different and need different climates to thrive. Most people think that all plants need a whole bunch of sunlight, but actually, most plants thrive in more shady areas, 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the point where most plants start to suffer physiological damage. Some plants need more moisture than others, for example, cactus vs. moss so it is important to identify what kind of plant you’re going to buy and what area is best for it.
  • What’s underground- Do you know what lies underneath your property? This is important to know when planting something or digging a hole in your yard. You wouldn’t want to damage utility lines or pipes, harmfully digging these things can result in a fines and repair costs. To avoid this call 811 and the CGA (Common Ground Alliance) will direct your call to your local call center that will mark underground lines for free.

 

Keep in mind that Riverview Landscaping can help you with any landscaping process by taking all of these steps off your hands. Scheduling out your project leaves you with more time on your hands for you to enjoy your weekends. We help with the planning, the labor, and the upkeep. Call us today to see what we can do for you!

 

Sources:

http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/early-spring-landscaping-checklist/

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=pruning+shrubs

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/outdoors/doing-a-landscaping-site-analysis

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