If winter has left your landscaping looking a little worse for wear, then you're far from alone. On the bright side, we've all found ourselves with more time than ever to focus on getting our lawns and gardens back in shape this spring, and our REALTORS® are happy to offer some ideas on how to get your landscape back in shape.
- Do Some Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning isn't just for the inside of your home. Your yard needs it too. After a hard winter, your property is likely littered with leaves, sticks, pine cones and other debris. Before doing anything else it's a good idea to go around with a rake and clean up a bit. This step alone will probably be a major improvement!
- Re-Seed Bald Spots
If your lawn has thinning or bald patches this spring, you can help it out by sprinkling some fresh grass seed. Grass seed should germinate within a week or two once the soil has reached 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer to fertilize your lawn in spring, keep in mind that if you're also applying pre-emergent or weed killer, grass seeds won't germinate.
- Freshen Up the Mulch
Spring is a great time to replenish depleted mulch around the trees, shrubs, and garden beds in your landscape. A good, heavy hardwood bark mulch is the best option for most situations; it lasts longer and looks better than cheaper ground wood chip mulch.
- Get Ready for Spring Annuals
One of the most exciting parts of landscaping this time of year is getting ready for spring annuals. Start by preparing and fertilizing your flower beds, and choosing the annuals you want to plant this year. For most annuals, you'll be starting with seedlings in pots or flats, and transplanting them outside after the last frost date has passed. In the Mansfield, OH area, it's usually safe to plant annuals outside after May 1.
- Dust Off the Lawn Mower
Once your grass starts growing, be prepared to mow early and mow often. It's tempting to let grass wild in early spring, but that can be a mistake. Allowing the grass to grow too tall can lead to the roots becoming stunted, and you can do more harm than good by not mowing your grass in early spring.
- Prune Trees and Shrubs
For many landscape trees and shrubs, early spring is the best time to prune. Start by removing dead branches, and then follow best pruning practices depending on the species of tree or shrub. Certain types of flowering plants should be pruned later in the year after they've flowered, but others (especially fruit trees) should be pruned in early spring, before buds appear.
- Clean Up Porches and Walkways
Take stock of all the hard surfaces in your landscape (porches, patios, driveways, and walkways) and see if any need some help. A fresh application of driveway sealer may be needed at this time of year, and wooden decks may emerge from the winter in need of a good cleaning and a fresh coat of stain.
Contact us today to learn more about getting your landscaping back in shape this spring. And if you're looking for your dream home on the Mansfield, OH area, be sure to talk to our team about finding perfect the Mansfield homes for sale.