With the spring season just around the corner, homeowners should start to prepare their property for the months ahead. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions can continue for several more weeks, but there are some helpful landscaping tips that can be used as the weather begins to ease up. As winter draws to a close by the end of February, there are some simple steps that can be taken to get the lawn and garden ready for the upcoming growing season.
Cleaning Up. While you likely cleaned up your lawn and garden at the end of fall, there’s a good chance that leaves and other debris have accumulated again over the winter months. Take the time to collect and remove any dead leaves, branches, and other debris from the yard and from flower beds. If you have containers or pots that need to be cleaned out, now is a good time to do so. Then, once you have new flowers and seeds, you will be ready to get them potted and planted right away.
Pruning. It’s safe to start pruning some bushes and trees this month, such as berry bushes, fruit trees, and wood shrubs. You can also cut back any ornamental grasses. However, you want to avoid pruning flowering bushes that will be producing blooms in the spring. Leave those plants alone for now, since they will be producing buds shortly.
Start Planning. Another easy thing to prepare for the spring is to start thinking about what types of plants you will want to purchase and grow. Do some research on the best flowers, shrubs, trees, and other types of plants for your region and for the specific areas you want to fill in. If you are going to grow a vegetable garden, this is a good time to begin acquiring seeds. Start creating a scheme for flower beds and gardens so that you know just where to plant each item.
While the temperature still may be quite cold in February, it’s not too early to start landscaping. February is the ideal time to prepare. Get ahead so that when the warmer weather comes, you’ll be ready to plant, mow, and grow.