After a long, cold winter, the earliest signs of spring can create a lot of excitement. The first flower buds and sprouting leaves also inspire us to get started with work around the lawn, landscape, and garden.
When you look out over the remnants of last year’s growth, it may feel like you don’t know where to start. It can be tough to imagine what spring and summer will eventually bring forth, but now is the time to set the stage for that. Organize your spring chores with these basic ideas.
- Weed Control
Because your grass stops fighting back after the growing season ends, winter annual weeds can make serious inroads. Removing them now could help reduce their populations for next year. You may also want to apply a crabgrass preventer to keep that pesky weed at bay this summer, and your lawn, in general, may need expert attention for the treatment of broadleaf or grassy weeds.
- Soil Preparation
Your lawn needs annual attention, just as your garden does. Have a soil sample run by your local Cooperative Extension Service office. The results will tell you what nutrients and lime your soil needs to maximize productivity and beauty, as well as to encourage healthy growth that fights off weed infestations and pests.
A nice layer of mulch helps your soil retain moisture levels, so you won’t have to water as much. Moist roots are the best roots. Mulch protects your plants’ roots both from the hot sun and the rest of winter’s chill. In addition, picking the right mulch for your garden will make a huge difference in the results that you’ll see. If you don’t know where to start, contact us or go to your local home depot or garden center.
Good growth requires the removal of old material. For most ornamentals, spring is a good time to give plants a thorough cleaning up to allow the development of new branches, vines, leaves, or blooms. Proper pruning improves the health and beauty of plants.
Most landscapes need some touching up each year. You may need to repair turf areas or replace whole sections of ornamentals. Campbell & Ferrara can build a design plan for you and provide upgrades, as well as adding permanent elements like fountains and retaining walls.
- New Planting
Every new year is a great time for new plants. Choosing some plantings that will accent the house and your other plants can dramatically increase the value and curb appeal of your home, as well as providing a more beautiful backdrop for your daily life.
- Tying It Together
Sometimes our landscapes can get a little scattered. We add a plant or two each year without ever building a master plan. Resetting the concept into something that comes together is a specialty of Campbell & Ferrara, and they can make your landscape into a harmonious sight.
The most common symptom of spring fever is the desire to get outside in the lawn, garden, and landscape. The quiet months of fall and winter have given you a break to rest and plan for the next year. When the sunrise starts to move south along the Atlantic coast, it is time to put those plans into motion. Campbell & Ferrara can help you improve the features you already have while assembling your vision for what your landscape should be.