Spring Landscaping Guide
Winter is finally over, and you're looking forward to spring. You've seen so much ice and snow that the greenery of your lawn is a welcome change.
However, the harsh winter can do a lot of nasty things to your lawn landscape and can leave it in a not-so-ideal state. You might need to do some spring landscaping to bring it back to tip-top shape.
Here, we present some tips on how to approach your spring home and garden landscaping
Spring landscaping might sound simple, but there are a lot of tiny details you need to take care of. It's, therefore, crucial to plan things way ahead of time. That way, everything will be smooth sailing once spring comes in.
Fall Landscaping Preparation
is one of the best things you can do ahead of Spring landscaping.
By the way, don't make the mistake of thinking about your landscaping only when spring is at hand. It's best to plan around mid-winter to the end of winter. It also gives you plenty of time to research and contact the best contractors to help you with your landscaping.
The truth is that planning takes a lot of time, especially if you're doing it for the first time. However, it will make all subsequent steps that much easier. Also, planning gets easier as you do it every year.
One of the most crucial aspects of landscaping that you should give importance to is your lawn treatments. If done correctly, lawn treatments can make even the most ravaged winter lawn look fantastic for the rest of the year.
First things first, you need to think about how you’ll replace any damaged areas of your lawn. You have two options here.
You can use sod, which is mature grass that's already pre-grown for you. It comes in rolls, much like how you buy carpet. With sod, you don't need to wait for the grass to grow; it's instantly there. However, sod is usually much more expensive.
Seeds, on the other hand, allow you to grow the grass from scratch. It's cheaper and gives you full control over the look of your lawn. The con is that it takes time and maintenance to grow successfully.
You also need to consider applying fertilizers and weed killers to your lawn. Note that damp grass may need to be aerated for the nutrients from the fertilizer to seep deep into the soil and reach the grassroots.
However, fertilizing your lawn
isn’t as simple as tossing fertilizer and calling it a day. You need to be aware of the proper amounts and timing.
Different types of fertilizers have different schedules, which you need to take into account. Various types of grasses also have appropriate levels of fertilizers.
The type of soil is yet another consideration when it comes to fertilizers. The quality of your soil dictates the amount and type of fertilizer used.
When in doubt, calling in a professional landscaper for advice is especially helpful.
Mulching involves putting in a layer of material to serve as a foundation on which grass can grow. It can help your lawn grass grow faster while restricting weed growth.
Mulch also insulates your lawn, retaining the moisture that’s essential for the healthy growth of your grass in spring. Mulch is vital because your yard will rapidly lose moisture and nutrients during summer.
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Mulch can come in two flavors – organic or non-organic. The former involves natural material like leaves and grass clippings, while the latter is usually humanmade scraps like rubber tires or gravel.
Other Lawn Plants
Once you've taken care of your lawn grass, it's time to consider the other plants in the vicinity. You'll have lots of leeway here. There are many types of trees, shrubs, and flowers from which to choose.
However, it’s best to pick flowers and plants that look great with each other. They should be in harmony with each other in terms of color and shape. The last thing you need is for your ornamental plants to clash with each other.
Please also consider the general environment of your lawn and only plant trees and plants that are compatible with it. If you plant a flower that needs plenty of sun in a shaded lawn, for example, it won’t work.
Updating Irrigation Systems
A properly working irrigation system is crucial if you want your lawn to look great all year. A faulty system can also potentially waste a lot of water and money.
The general rule of thumb is to upgrade your system every five years. However, it's also a good idea to evaluate your irrigation if you've changed your lawn's layout. There might be additional features that interfere with the proper operation of your irrigation system.
Sometimes, a complete upgrade isn't necessary. You can solve most irrigation problems by fixing leaks, replacing sprinkler heads, or relocating nozzles.
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