Late-Winter Landscaping Tips

With the frigid temperatures and massive amounts of snow we’ve received, I can speak for all of us at Engledow in saying, “we’re ready for spring!” Thankfully, it’s just around the corner, and we’ve compiled a list of some things you need to be doing in February and March to get your landscape ready for the growing season.

Late-Winter Landscaping Tips

  • Prune fruit trees, grape vines, and berry plants, but do not prune spring flowering shrubs and trees (February)
  • Now is a great time to clean out containers and get them ready for spring plantings (February)
  • Cut back ornamental grasses and perennials before new growth emerges (March)
  • Begin spring cleanup projects, like edging flower beds; cleaning your yard of leaves, twigs, and other debris that compiled over winter; and adding a fresh layer of mulch to your beds (March)
  • Prune summer-flowering shrubs before new growth emerges like Hydrangea, Roses, and Spirea (March)
  • Check for disease and spray as required (March)
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs before they leaf out and apply a dormant oil spray to ornamentals susceptible to scale like Euonymus or Crabapple (March)
  • Transplant trees and shrubs once ground softens but while they’re still in dormancy (March)
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control (March)
  • Remove winter protection from shrubs and trees (after March 15th)

We hope you find this landscaping to-do list helpful. If so, check out our FREE Landscape Calendar that covers landscape and gardening tips for the entire year.

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