Even if the stretch between December and March was on the mild side, like what we’ve just experienced here in PA, your lawn and gardens have been hibernating.
But now it’s awake and ready to show itself to the world again. Winter is out of the way, and it’s time to start thinking about landscape construction.
PA residents should consider these steps to help their lawn make its debut this year.
1. Know what to plant and where and when to plant it
Before you start planting new things, make sure they’re appropriate for this time of year and for your location. As anyone in the PA landscape construction world can tell you, the last thing you want to do is populate a Pennsylvania yard with plants that do better in, say, Florida.
Also, think about things like how much sun and how much shade the plants will get in different parts of your yard.
Finally, talk to your local landscaping or lawn and garden expert about what plants will do better in spring. Many plants will thrive for years if you follow a suggested planting schedule.
2. Identify spring and summer pests
The good news is that your plants and flowers are ready to bloom. The bad news? The pests that feed on them are back from their winter break as well.
Think about what you’ll need to keep them out, whether that means fencing or wire mesh to keep away deer or raccoons, or planting things that ward off pests and/or attract beneficial birds and insects.
3. Think about the future
Plan for growth when you plant. Think about how much they might grow in six months or even six years. You don’t want to plant a shrub that seems small and manageable only to have it block your view or destroy your sidewalk in a few years.
4. Clean up your tools
Unless you used your winter downtime to take care of this, spring is the time to get your tools ready for action. Wipe down containers, wash out your pots and throw away any items you no longer need.
And sharpen your mower blades if you haven’t already. Keeping the blades sharp will help you actually cut the grass, not tear through it, which makes for a healthier, better-looking lawn. You’ll also want to set the height of your mower to a higher setting.
5. Feeding and protecting your grass
The first weeks of spring are a good time to treat your grass with a combination of fertilizer – to feed the grass – and pre-emergent, which keeps away crabgrass. It’s better to stop crabgrass in its track than to spend all spring and summer battling it. Wait about two months, and then apply these products again along with broadleaf weed killer.
6. Trim your trees
Winter can be tough on your trees. Dead branches need to come down, but it might not be apparent which branches are healthy and which ones are at the end of their lives.
Consider hiring a tree trimmer or PA landscape construction professional to look at your trees and give them a pruning. Professional pruning should be done every three years.
And if you’ve got too much on your plate to tackle all this spring landscape construction, PA’s Realty Landscaping is ready to assist you.
Our services include landscape planning and design, planting and transplanting trees and shrubs, hardscaping, seeding, sodding, fence installation and more.
Contact us today, and we can get to work on getting your yard ready for spring.