The grass is blanketed in snow. The trees are leafless. And the ponds are frozen over. But this year, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, thereby predicting an early spring! And if this famous groundhog is right, it means now’s the perfect time for New England property owners to engage in thoughtful planning for the upcoming season. Here are nine things you can do now during these final weeks of winter to prepare your landscape for spring.
1. Do an Informal Inspection
Take a stroll around your property, even in the winter chill. Look for signs of wear and tear on hardscaping elements, inspect the health of your trees, and identify areas that may need attention. Early detection of issues allows for timely and effective solutions.
2. Test Your Soil
Understanding your soil composition is crucial. Conduct soil tests to determine nutrient levels and pH. This information guides decisions on fertilization and plant selection, ensuring a healthy foundation for your spring garden.
3. Prune and Trim Trees
Winter is an excellent time for pruning deciduous trees and shrubs. Without their foliage, it’s easier to identify and remove dead or diseased branches. This promotes healthier growth and contributes to the overall aesthetics of your landscape.
4. Plan Your Landscape Design (or Redesign)
If you want to prepare your landscape for spring, plan your dream design now. Whether it’s redesigning flower beds, adding new features, or reimagining your outdoor space entirely, having a well-thought-out plan allows for a smooth transition into spring projects.
5. Select Plants
Looking to add to your landscape? Now’s a good time to research and select the plants, trees, and shrubs you’d like. Consider factors like bloom time, color palette, and maintenance requirements. Plus, ordering early ensures you get the plants you want when spring arrives.
6. Aerate and Overseed the Lawn
While your lawn might be dormant, it shouldn’t be forgotten. Consider aerating your lawn to promote better water and nutrient absorption. Additionally, this is an opportune time for overseeding to address patchy areas and encourage a lush, green lawn for the rest of the year.
7. Add Mulch
Mulch matters! Even in winter, it provides insulation for your plants and helps retain soil moisture. Mulch also suppresses weeds, contributing to a healthier and more visually appealing garden year-round.
8. Check Your Irrigation
Evaluate your irrigation system to ensure it’s in working order. We frequently see damaged valves, cracked pipes, and broken sprinkler heads following harsh winters.
9. Reach Out to the Professionals
Getting in touch with a landscaping and hardscaping expert early in the year allows for the best planning and ensures your vision aligns with the practical aspects of implementation.
Taking these proactive steps during the winter sets you up for springtime success! So, do we have you thinking about spring yet? Give our team at Dolan Landscaping a call today so we can work with you to prepare your landscape for spring.