Preparing Your Yard for Spring
Preparing Your Yard for Spring
When to Start Planning for Spring and Why You Should Schedule Maintenance
for Your Sprinkler System in Advance
It’s never too early to start preparing for spring. And while there are plenty of DIY projects you can undertake, sometimes it’s best to leave certain tasks to the professionals. Scheduling irrigation services, for example, can save you time and energy and ensure your plants and lawn receive proper hydration.
And speaking of lawns, why settle for a humdrum landscape when you could kick things up a notch with creative landscaping ideas? The possibilities are endless, from adding colorful plants to your beds to updating your outdoor entertainment space. Don’t wait – start planning now to turn your yard into a springtime oasis.
Why Should You Start Planning for Spring During Winter?
Winter can be a great time to plan for spring landscaping projects. While the ground may be frozen and plants are dormant, winter allows us to slow down and envision how we want our outdoor space to look come springtime. It’s also a great opportunity to research which plants will thrive in your specific climate and soil type.
Plus, planning in winter allows for plenty of time to budget and purchase necessary materials before the busy spring season rolls around. So embrace winter’s quieter moments and start dreaming up plans for your spring landscaping projects. You’ll thank yourself when spring arrives and you’re already one step ahead.
4 Spring Landscaping Projects to Help Freshen Up Your Yard
Once you start planning for spring, you’ll need to compile a list of projects you’ll want or need to tackle when spring rolls around.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
1 – Get Rid of Weeds
Spring is usually considered an important growing season, not only for your flowers and shrubs but for weeds as well. Check your landscaping to see if any weeds may have taken over. Cleaning up weeds will not only help prepare space for new plants and give existing plants room for new growth but it also improves your home’s curb appeal.
Need help removing weeds? Ways to remove weeds may include using a weed-whacker, applying specialized herbicide products, or enlisting the help of professional landscaping services. If you choose to remove weeds yourself using a herbicide, be sure to follow the directions carefully to protect yourself as well as any of the surrounding plants.
Don’t forget, every weed killer is different and may not kill the types of weeds you have in your beds or yard. Do your research on the best weed killers available.
2 – Add Color with New Flowers
One of the simplest ways to add color (and curb appeal) is to plant new flowers in your beds during early spring. If you’re wondering what flowering plants (annuals or perennials) work for your yard seek inspiration we have 20 Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard as well as 20 Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard.
You can also do some research on what would work best in your yard by heading to a locally owned nursery. Talking with a professional in your area is always advantageous. They can help you understand what plants work for different soil types, low maintenance options as well as what can provide pops of color during different seasons.
Once you’ve decided on what you want to plant, you’ll want to consider where you’ll be planting them whether adding them to existing landscaping or if you will be adding them to newly created beds.
3 – Trim Your Trees and Shrubs
Overgrown trees and shrubs can make your yard look cluttered and unkempt. Taking time to trim them back into shape will not only improve the appearance of your yard but help promote new growth. When trimming trees, be sure to only remove dead branches as live branches play an important role in the health of the tree. Be sure to consult our guide to tree and shrub pruning for the benefits of pruning as well as the ideal timeline for trimming.
4 – Fertilize Your Lawn
You’d be surprised to know fertilizing your lawn is one of the most important lawn maintenance steps you can perform to keep your lawn green. If you’re preparing for spring during winter months, research the different types of fertilizers available to you and when to apply it.
The key to fertilizer is using the correct amount. Too little will not provide the appropriate quantity of nutrients, too much can burn your lawn. If you’re inexperienced with fertilizing and depending on the size of your lawn, you may want to consider hiring a professional lawn care service to help you out.
For More Spring Project Ideas
If you’re looking for a related read we have more articles with tips and tricks for maintaining your lawn and landscaping including:
- Landscape Design & Why You Should Start Planning Early
- How to Keep Landscaping Fresh with Landscape Mulch
- How to Aerate Your Lawn
Scheduling Sprinkler Systems Services Early
Winter may not seem like the ideal time to consider lawn or irrigation system maintenance, but scheduling your automatic sprinkler system services early can actually help you have lusher grass sooner in the spring. When you have a regular maintenance schedule for your sprinklers it ensures they are operating at peak efficiency and not wasting water. Plus, checking for any malfunctioning sprinkler heads can help prevent sprinkler disasters like patchy lawns, wet spots or flooded sidewalks. So even though it may seem counter-intuitive, scheduling sprinkler irrigation during the winter season can ensure a healthy, green lawn come springtime.
3 Reasons to Schedule Sprinkler System Services Early
1 – You’ll Beat the Rush
As soon as the weather starts to warm up, everyone is going to want their sprinkler system serviced. Spring is one of the busiest times of year for the landscape industry. This means if you wait to schedule your services, you could be stuck waiting for weeks or even months. By scheduling early, you can be one of the first ones in line and get your irrigation system serviced before the rush hits.
2 – You’ll Save Money
Another reason to schedule your irrigation services early is there may be an opportunity for you to save money. Fall and winter aren’t always kind to an irrigation system. Snow and ice can damage a sprinkler head that hasn’t been properly blown out. Lawnmowers and debris in the lines can also be damaging. Having your sprinkler heads regularly maintained is not only a great way to avoid wasting water, protect your landscaping, and avoid damaging grass, but it can be a great way to save money.
Homeowners and business owners alike may find their landscaping or irrigation system company offers spring startup maintenance deals. Others offer discounts for those who schedule their services in advance. be sure to inquire if these are options available. By performing regular maintenance on your sprinkler system, and scheduling it early, not only will you save money but you’ll be able to catch problems early which can often save you money on repairs down the road.
3 – Your System Will Work Better
Finally, when scheduling your irrigation services early, you take the necessary steps to keep your grass healthy and ensure it receives sufficient water. Early scheduling gives you the time to address and fix any issues that may be time-consuming long before the hot summer temperatures arrive. As mentioned above, spring is one of the busiest times for irrigation and landscaping businesses.
If you have a sprinkler head that’s malfunctioning, rain sensors in need of repair, or something much more complicated they’ll need time to fix it. Scheduling your necessary maintenance for the spring and fall helps ensure your sprinkler heads are operating at peak efficiency and can help to catch any small problems before they turn into bigger ones.
Don’t Be Afraid to Hire a Professional
As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to begin planning for spring projects or scheduling your irrigation system services in advance. Not only does it give you time to plan, but it also gives you the creative freedom to transform your yard into a beautiful oasis that’s the envy of the neighborhood all season long!
Don’t forget to schedule your irrigation system services early and avoid the rush. By giving your system the regular care it needs you’ll not only help your lawn stay green during the summer but help you save money in the long run. Contact us today if you need a professional opinion or would like to schedule your sprinkler system for service. We are happy to help you prepare for spring landscaping projects.
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