Sure, you may want to put off sprucing up your landscape another month or two. After all, nothing’s growing yet, right? Bad idea.
By preparing your landscape now, you’ll save lots of hassle later. That’s because plants may not flourish as well if they’re covered in dead foliage. And because mowing is always a pain when sticks, branches, and other debris litter your yard.
When preparing plants for spring, dormant pruning can be beneficial. Dormant pruning is the process of removing damaged or dead stems prior to the spring growing season. Rubbing branches should also be removed at this time. This process puts less stress on the plant and encourages flowers and fruit development. Dormant pruning also reduces the amount of buds on plants allowing more stored energy in the root system to be directed to the remaining buds when growth starts in the spring. But be careful—prune too many buds and you might damage the plant.
Once you’ve completed basic spring cleanup, it’s time to move on to other tasks like fertilizing, replacing old mulch, starting pest control, and applying pre-emergent herbicide to control weeds. Fertilizing will be especially important this year due to the drought we experienced last summer.
A professional inspection of your landscape is always recommended as a precursor to spring cleaning. Due to the dry weather we’ve experienced over the last few years, an inspection this year is especially vital to help identify areas of your landscape needing extra attention.
At Engledow, we provide professional inspections and can build you a custom plan for your landscape to ensure its health throughout spring and beyond. Even if you’re planning to do your own landscape cleanup and maintenance this year, a professional inspection will be critical in helping you work smarter, not harder.
While nobody knows what spring weather will bring, you can be prepared for any scenario by getting your landscape ready for the growing season. A little work now goes a long way later.
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