Essential Early Spring Landscape Tasks
Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, it's time to consider some essential Spring landscape tasks. The following recommendations will help you refresh your landscape after the long winter, and give you a head start on controlling weeds!
Inspect and Repair
As soon as the snow melts and weather permits, walk around your property and inspect both your plants and any structures. Look for signs of damage, disease, or other problems.
It's best to inspect fairly early in spring, because it gives you plenty of time to take action! Most smaller repairs you can probably take care of yourself, but if there's any sort of significant damage or problem, you'll have priority if you can schedule a landscape professional early in the season.
Edging refers to a shallow trench dug on the outer edge of a garden bed. It helps control weeds, keeping their roots from growing into your bed. And, it makes for a neater appearance!
Unless you have A LOT of garden beds, edging is pretty simple to do on your own. I recommend using a tool like the Radius Ergonomic Steel Edger, which creates a nice trench and is comfortable to use.
Most mulches are organic material, and will decompose over time. While that might seem like a bad thing, it's actually very good for your soil, helping to enrich it and make it better for your plants!
However, you'll need to check your mulch in the spring and make sure there is still a thick enough layer (about 2 inches) to control weeds. If not? Time to add more! And, again, if you need a significant amount of mulch, it's best to call and schedule delivery and application early in the spring. This is because local nurseries and suppliers will have a good amount and selection of mulch, and because it is before local landscape professionals get too busy.
Inspecting your garden beds and structures, edging, and refreshing your mulch early in the spring are all tasks that will have a big impact on your landscape's appearance and maintenance through the rest of the summer and fall!