Spring Landscaping Tips To Kickstart The Season

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.02.21 AMWinter is long gone. The snow has melted and your yard looks like a tornado swept through it. Sprucing up your yard for the upcoming spring season should therefore top your list of priorities if you derive immense satisfaction from having serene surroundings. With a myriad of ideas causing a frenzy in your mind, that can prove to be impossible. However, there’s no need to panic though as all it takes is a few spring landscaping care tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating your ultimate spring paradise. You’ll be surprised by what can be achieved when you blend simple creativity with a little structure.

Compiling a ‘to do’ checklist of chores for the season is important. Consider:

Dealing with weeds once and for all. There’s no better time to apply herbicides to your lawn than now. Since weeds are a constant nag, getting rid of weeds at the beginning of the season ensures that you can then focus on chores that demand more regular attention. Whilst you’re at it, this is the perfect time to be filing up all those bare patches in your lawn. For the sake of uniformity, pluck overgrown lawn -together with the roots- and fill the blank spaces. If you have the same lawn seed that can work as well.

Killing those parasitic pesticides. Pests not only feed off plants but they can spread very fast and become a perennial problem. Check plants regularly for any unusual coloring or foliage damage. Once you’ve spotted a few recurring pests be sure to take these samples to a gardening centre for a diagnosis.

Experimenting with an indoor garden. Bring plants indoors to make your indoors airy, vibrant and colorful. You’ll want to incorporate evergreen climbers and vines as they don’t shed their leaves often.

Spring is a fun time of the year. It is a time to go out and enjoy the sun, and what better way to do that than by preparing for it in advance.

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Practical Lawn Care Tips For Spring

shutterstock_167236778Spring maintenance is an essential step in creating a healthy summer lawn. Soil pH can be altered by winter conditions and the soil could also become compacted. In addition, properly cleaning, fertilizing and mowing the yard early in the season is vital. This is so because winter conditions might have created conditions that are friendly to diseases and weeds.

Spring is about to turn into summer in just a few weeks. By now, problems such as invasive plants and bare spots would have been addressed. The broadcast spreader would have already played its role in filling in the spots left bare by the ravages of winter. You should have moved on to the stage of maintaining an attractive, healthy lawn that is both functional and aesthetically appealing.

Lawns are not just immaculately maintained patches of greenery. They play a valuable role in conserving soil, decreasing runoff, sequestering atmospheric carbon, helping to purify water, improving air quality and lowering urban heat loads.

Ideally, a lawn should not only look great, it should be able to take lots of pounding and maintain its visual appeal. Therefore, your approach to lawn care and landscaping in general should be practical and go beyond aesthetics. Below are some useful spring lawn care tips than can keep your yard looking remarkable all summer long:

Aerate. Now that the soil is dry and warm, use a scarifier to aerate a heavily-matted lawn. To promote healthy growth, a long-term fertilizer should be used during the months of spring. The best approach to achieving a thick lawn is mowing once a week. However, when there are periods of intense growth, the lawn can be cut 2 times a week.

Cut Cleverly. To ensure your grass is cut cleanly and not torn, newly sharpened blades should be used for the first cut of the year. To maintain a lush, healthy-growing lawn, only a maximum of 1/3 of the blade of grass should be cut.

Plant Entryway Flowers. The unpredictable weather of early spring should have passed by now and the sponginess of the soil should have disappeared. You can now plant some flowers at the entryway to give your home a more welcoming and pleasant look. Using annual flowers and perennials to adorn the entrance of you home will have an impressive impact on the overall look of the yard. Gertrude Jekyll roses, Lily-of-the-Nile and Petunias are great choices for the entryway.

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Avoid Weeds With Spring Care From Hidden Creek Landscaping

Spring Care From Hidden Creek LandscapingAt Hidden Creek Landscaping, we know a healthy landscape begins with a site that is properly prepared. Before planting, we get rid of existing plants and get the area ready for planting. This is followed by the application of specialized herbicide on the shallow cultivation. The process is repeated until the area is completely free of weed. This is important when planting with either sod or seed.

In existing flower beds, annual weeds are easier to control than perennial weeds. We take out as many perennials as we can and bring up buried tubers, rhizomes and stems by cultivating the soil. This is done when conditions are dry and warm to allow the weed seeds and roots to dry on the surface of the soil. For weed problems that are especially troublesome, we will continue to cultivate the soil without irrigating for as long as it takes for new weed seeds and roots to emerge.

Species like purple nutsedge and field bindweed will need a different approach. We may use a systemic, nonselective herbicide like glyphosate when weeds are growing actively. Repeated applications of this technique could also be used to destroy difficult perennials.

Where necessary, we will use nutrients or organic matter to amend the soil. In clay soil, this can enhance drainage and the water-holding capacity of sandy soils can also be improved through this technique.

The capacity of soils to simultaneously drain water, while holding in an adequate amount is tremendously important to maintaining a healthy landscape. Essentially, flower beds flourish in soils that promote good drainage and enable the unrestricted flow of water, nutrients and oxygen. One of the spring tips we often share with homeowners is the need to ensure that when topsoil is being added, it is free of herbicide residues, rocks and weed propagules like tubers or rhizomes.

Spring is the perfect time to kick landscaping projects into high gear. At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we have the expertise, equipment and seasoned professionals guaranteed to transform your home into a beautiful, weed-free sanctuary. For further details, contact us today!

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