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Gear Up for Warmer Weather

April 22, 2020

The weather is finally beginning to warm up outside. Spring cleaning is an excellent excuse to get outside and freshen up the landscape as it springs to life. If you start off on the right foot early enough, you will be well on your way a beautiful landscape to enjoy throughout the rest of the year. Here’s our top five tips to help you prepare your home for spring landscaping.

1. Know your climate

Before you get too excited in the garden area or nursery of your local home improvement store, know the climate for your home. This includes your geographic location, as well as the climate of your yard. Choose plants appropriate for how much sun, and shade different parts of your lawn receive during the day. Discover what plants thrive in your living area with this simple guide to get started.

2. Keep growth in mind

When choosing landscaping and sizes of plants, estimate how large the plants will grow in 6 weeks, 6 months, etc. If you plant too many small shrubs in front of your living room window, and then find out they are actually small trees, you may have to dig them up soon! Most plants will have height and growth requirements on the pots when purchased from your nursery. Pay attention to these, before you plant if you plan to do it yourself.

3. Inspect trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs can draw the eye to particular spots on your lawn, enhance hard and soft landscaping features and provide a complete, finished feel to any outdoor space. It’s important to inspect the health of your trees and shrubs after the wear and tear of a long winter. Stay on the lookout for a number of common seasonal effects, or consult a tree and shrub care expert for their insight and help

4. Fertilize your lawn

It’s time to give your lawn a little lovin’. Winter’s rain and snow saturation, combined with the compositional changes of constantly frozen ground, means your spring lawn would be remiss without fresh fertilizer. While you can certainly do this yourself, a fertilization program could result in the best quality products, application techniques and certified safety steps for your lawn. And you’ll have one less thing to worry about and labor over.

5. Plan for maintenance

Unlike a paint color in your home, once it’s done, it’s done. Landscaping, however, requires maintenance and care. From feeding and fertilization, to watering and pruning–it’s a must for every outdoor landscape. Inquire with Environmental Designs today to see exactly what maintenance is right for your residence and we’ll take it from there.