People tend to ignore their landscape during the winter season because of the snow and cold weather. However, the bad weather isn’t an excuse to ignore your landscape because there are a few things you need to do before spring arrives. If you are able to get these tasks done, you will be free to do other things you enjoy without having to worry about your landscape.
Some of the things that you need to do before spring arrives include:
Pruning is something you can do anytime, even when there’s snow outside. By pruning your trees, you give them an even structure that makes them strong as they grow. You should prune summer blossoming shrubs like crape myrtles, roses, and Annabelle hydrangeas. Other plants can be cut to control their size and increase their flower production. You should also remember not to prune flowers that blossom in the spring.
While you’re waiting for spring to arrive, you should empty any outdoor planters that you aren’t using. You should also refresh the soil to make it ready for planting when spring arrives. The end of winter is also a great time to examine your landscape to make sure it wasn’t damaged during the winter. If there are broken branches or trees that were blown to the ground by winds, you should remove them so the plants underneath them have room to grow.
You should pay attention to the spots on your landscape that you used ice melting products on because the chemical build up can cause significant damage to your plants. Gypsum is a good product to apply to areas that are prone to salt damage. Fortunately, early spring rains will minimize the damage caused by most chemicals.
Remove Winter Protection
During winter, some people try to protect their landscape with things like burlap covers or trunk wraps. If you use these items or similar ones to protect your landscape during winter, you should remove them late in the winter when the weather starts getting mild, so your plants can start growing.
The best way to prevent weed seeds from germinating is to apply weed preventers to your lawn during the winter while the soil is still cold. You should also apply the weed preventers on any flower bed that will not be disturbed during the winter.
If you have any flower beds that will be planted during the spring, you should wait until you are about to plant the flowers before using the weed preventers.