Although it is still too early to dive into spring gardening with setting up your garden beds and planting flowers, here are a few things you can do to prepare your yard in the meantime!
Especially before the first mow, remove any debris from your lawn. Twigs and dead leaves strewn around negatively impact your yard's ability to grow and flourish since they block the sunlight. Another reason to pick up yard litter is to remove havens for small insects. While you may not want to destroy a natural habitat, leaving such yard waste prevents the luscious green lawn you want for this summer.
Ensure any weeds in your landscape don't linger by pulling them. Since it has been cold, they should have short, weak roots. As the weather heats up and new weeds begin to grow (which is around the first week of April in the PNW), it is the perfect time to apply pre-emergent and fertilizer. Stopping the first round of weeds before they have a chance to seed and spread is key for a weed-less season. If your yard needs to be aerated or thatched, wait to do this until the last frost is a few weeks behind you. It would be detrimental to aerate the lawn while it is still dormant. You can head to your local garden supply store to rent a thatcher, or ask them for instructions on using a thatching rake.
Your lawn care equipment has likely been cooped up inside the garage all winter! Before any use, experts recommend give them a thorough cleaning and now is a great time to do so. For your lawnmower, change the oil, the filter, and replace or sharpen the blade, if necessary. Make sure it is clear of any debris.After a long, wet winter, especially on the west side of the state, your landscape has likely become a breeding ground for moss. If your hardscaping needs some TLC, now is the perfect time to get out your pressure washer and remove any moss, dirt and debris.
The early stages of spring are the ideal time for trimming trees and pruning plants. You can easily use your judgment for simple trimming fixes. Focus on removing dead or out of place branches. For best results or for a larger project, though, we recommend you consult a professional.
Now is the time to plan what projects you want to tackle this season! You can start creating a timeline and purchasing materials as they become available at your local hardware and garden stores. If you want a bounty of fruits and veggies this summer, plant the starts in peat pots and keep them inside until it is warm enough to plant them outside. In this way, you will have a head start on a summer of produce growth!
While March is a bit too early to start planting, the warmer weather at the end of the month and beginning of April should be perfect for preparing the soil and beds. Edging is visually appealing, and also keeps grass and flowering beds in their place.Once everything is neat and tidy, make sure your soil is ready. You can buy a test kit from your local hardware store to test the acidity or replace the soil. Add mulch to beds to give it the nutrition it needs!
Hopefully, the weather will cooperate as you prepare your gorgeous landscape! AND - don't forget to share this article to remind your friends to start on their yards!