Spring is just around the corner, the first official day of spring is March 21st  and now is the time to get outside and start spring-cleaning your yard and landscape. It won’t be long and the dreary days of winter will be replaced by the vibrant colors and smells of spring. Here are a few tips to get you started on your outdoor “to do” list.

Lawn Care

Start by raking any leaves and removing all the thatch (dried dead grass and weeds) with a rake. If the thatch is left in the yard it can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your lawn. If you will be planting grass seeds, this will help them to root in the soil better.

It is important to prepare your mower before mowing the yard for the first time of the season. Change the oil, spark plug, put fresh gasoline in the tank and make sure the blade is sharpened. 

If you are concerned about using chemicals on your yard, lawns can be fertilized organically by using compost and mulching mowers.  It is also easy to  go green when looking for solutions for lawn and soil problems. There are many organic non chemical based products available from fertilizers to weed control.

Check Your Irrigation System

Before you start watering this spring, take the time to check your irrigation system to make sure it is working properly. Inspect all the components to ensure  they are working properly and that your system is ready to work for the season.

Planting

Depending on your area you may be able to plant some types of perennials, start now to get your plan together. Research gardening books, magazines as well as online for ideas and information on certain plants and the amount of care required. Depending on your area you should also be able to plant roses, berries, fruit trees and most deciduous plants now!

Pruning

Now is the perfect time to prune ornamental trees and shrubs, the best time to do so is before growth starts. This is also a great time to prune roses, by doing so you will see a much fuller and robust plant when they begin to bloom.
Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential, so be sure to research the correct methods!

The smell of spring is in the air and soon the temperatures will gradually warm and you can finally start to spend more time outside. Spring lawn care is important, as early season care has a big impact on lawns. A little extra care and prevention now can make for a beautiful landscape to be enjoyed all summer long. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get your yard and garden ready now!