Everything You Need to Know About Preparing Your Lawn for Spring Landscaping
Preparing for Spring
Here at JBirds Landscaping, we understand that Spring is here, and it is time to start getting outside and getting your lawn and yard in the right shape. If you want to have a great looking yard this summer and be the envy of all your friends, then it is important to start off on the right track. In the following article, we will go through everything that you need to know about getting your yard ready for all of those summer BBQs!
Start with A Good Yard Cleanup
Every spring landscaping project needs to start off the right way, and that’s with a good, thorough clean. Remove all the leaves and loose trash that has accumulated over the colder months.
Start off by picking up any of the rubbish and small branches that have fallen. Next, you want to do a very good raking job, clean up all of those loose leaves that have managed to accumulate in every corner of the yard. Don’t just do all the grassy areas either; you’ll want to remove all the leaves from any flower beds, under trees and bushes.
Move onto the Lawn Edging and Trimming Flower Beds
Now that you have cleaned up the entire yard you can move onto the next stage of the cleanup. You will want to make sure that you give all of the lawns and flower beds edge’s a good tidy up and trim. This edging serves two purposes; it keeps the grass and weeds from creeping into your flowers and also helps establish a line where you can mow right up to.
Now for Landscaping
If you have any ideas for creating a new flower bed or garden feature, you are now ready to go. Start off by making sure that you have everything ready, a wheelbarrow for turf, shovels and spades. You will also need a chalk line or string line, or garden marking paint to mark out the outline of your new garden bed.
Once you have the outline ready to go, and you’re happy with it, you will want to use your spade to remove all of the grass. Make small cuts and remove the entire top layer of grass, this will ensure that you don’t end up with grass growing into your flower beds. Once you have the area clear of grass, you’ll want to dig or turn over the soil to air rate it ready for the new flowers or plants to go into.
Next Up Is Mulching
You want your new plants or flowers to have the best opportunity of becoming established. Mulching will help your soil retain moisture, so you don’t need to use as much water and will also help to keep any weeds from growing in your new flower bed. When you use organic mulch, it breaks down over time and helps to give your plants and flowers added nutrients.
Remember, different soils in different areas will need specialized mulches which work best with them. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to know about what mulch is best for your soil type.
Four Tips for Mulching Every Gardener Should Know
- One cubic yard of mulch will cover a 100 – Square Foot area to a minimum depth of three inches
- It’s always best to choose an organic mulch if you want to both cover your soil and enrich it at the same time
- The faster your mulch percolates water, the longer it will last. Pine nuggets can be a great choice for any flat areas because the pieces will take longer to decompose
- Mulch nuggets can easily wash away on any slopes, so for any hilly terrain, it is important to choose mulch that contains a mixture of many different sizes
Essential Lawn Care Tasks to Remember
- Don’t over fertilize your lawns and flower beds
- Don’t cut your grass too short
- Reseed and water thoroughly
- Make sure you choose the right grass type for your lawn and to suit your climate