The smell of spring is in the air and soon the temperatures will gradually warm and you can finally start to spend more time outside. Winter can take a toll on your lawn and landscaping, harsh conditions such as  fluctuating temperatures and dry winter winds can be damaging. Spring lawn care is important, as early season care has a big impact on lawns. Here are a few tips to get you started on your outdoor “to do” list and to help you prepare your lawn and landscaping for the months ahead.

Lawn Care

It is important to begin by removing any accumulated debris from last fall such as leaves and be sure to remove all the thatch (dried dead grass and weeds) with a rake. If the thatch is left in the yard it can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your lawn. If you will be planting grass seeds, this will help them to root in the soil better.

Before you mow the yard for the first time of the season, it is important you change the oil, spark plug, put fresh gasoline in the tank and make sure the blade is sharpened. 

Lawns can be fertilized organically by using compost and mulching mowers.   It is also easy to  go green when looking for solutions for lawn and soil problems. There are many organic  non chemical based products available from fertilizers to weed control.

Planting

Depending on your area you may be able to plant some types of perennials, start now to get your plan together. Research gardening books, magazines as well as online  for ideas and information on certain plants and the amount of care required. Depending on your area you should also be able to plant roses, berries, fruit trees and most deciduous plants now. Some other flowers that can take the often chilly temperatures of spring are: Snapdragons, Violas and Purple Cabbage.

Pruning

Now is the perfect time to prune ornamental trees and shrubs, the best time to do so is before growth starts. This is also a great time to prune roses, by doing so you will see a much fuller and robust plant when they begin to bloom.
Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential, so be sure to research the correct methods!


With a little extra care and prevention now can make for a beautiful landscape to be enjoyed all summer long. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get your yard and garden ready now!