Now that the days are getting longer, that only means one thing…spring is around the corner! So let’s take a minute and plan out our spring to do list.
First things first you’ll want to do a thorough clean up of the planting beds and lawn. This means removing leaf debris, cutting back perennials and removing dead plants. After the beds are clean this is also a great time to edge the planting beds from the lawn.
Now you can focus on the living plant material. You’ll want to prune shrubs and ornamentals of any crossing, broken, dead or diseased branches. Just this small step leads to a healthier more robust plant. It’s also a great time to divide some perennials. You’ll know it’s time to divide when a clump has overgrown its space, has diminished flowering, or the clump starts to die out in the middle. Spring flowering perennials are best divided after they flower, but most other later flowering perennials will be just fine divided in the spring.
As you are surveying your landscape be sure to pull any weeds you see, it’s amazing how fast they pop up so best to keep on top of them. A final finishing touch to the garden is to add a layer of mulch to the beds. This will help prevent new weeds from growing and protect your newly divided perennials as they begin to grow.
Next up is the lawn. Spring is a great time to fix it up. As it begins to dry up it’s a great time to dethatch the grass, this is the method of using a rake or a dethatching machine to gently remove the layer of dead grass (thatch) that has built up in the lawn. You’ll want to do this before the lawn really takes off. Be sure to patch up any areas of bare/dead spots with some grass seed. The final step is to fertilize your lawn and while you’re at it you can hit those planting beds as well.
The last and final touch to the landscape is to add some fun colorful early annuals (to learn more about early annuals check out this blog). Just a sprinkling of pansies or some forced bulbs in planters can really brighten the landscape!