Spring is here! It's finally time for spring planting and landscaping. Before you can start planting your annuals and perennials, you'll need to prepare your yard for the coming growing season. By conditioning the soil, removing old plant waste and updating your sprinkler system, you can prepare a perfect environment for your new plants and flowers.
Prepare the Garden Beds
Your garden beds may be cluttered with old organic waste from the previous year's growing season, and the soil is probably spent. A week or two before you plant new flowers in the ground, prepare your flower beds for new growth by doing the following:
- Pull out weeds. Grasp weeds by the stem and pull them out all the way down to the root. Throw the weeds into a waste bin to prevent them from spreading seeds or re-growing in the ground. If the roots don't come out when you remove the stem, dig them out with a small shovel.
- Condition the soil. Use a hoe or shovel to break up the old soil and mix it with a combination of compost and planting soil from a nursery or gardening center.
Remove Debris and Dead Branches and Plants
When the snow melts away, you'll be able to see the piles of dead leaves and scattered branches littering your yard. Turn your lawn into a clean slate by raking up any piles of leaves and organic debris. You should also take this time to prune your trees and shrubs. Removing old spindly branches will encourage your trees and shrubs to produce bushy new growth throughout the spring and the rest of the growing season.
Update Your Sprinkler System
Between freezing temperatures and piles of snow, your automatic sprinkler system has been through a lot in the last few months. Test the system to ensure that it's working properly. Sprinkler systems are generally made to last for decades, however, individual parts (like sprinkler heads) can develop problems over time. When sprinkler heads break, the result can be a big puddle in one section of the yard and a drought in another section. Contact a sprinkler repair professional to fix any problems with your sprinkler before putting new plants in your yard.
Finally, check the timer for your automatic sprinkler system. Your lawn and flower beds may have needed less water last fall when you last used the sprinkler system. Set the sprinkler system to water your lawn an appropriate amount for the time of year.
Following these tips will ensure that your lawn is ready for spring planting when the time comes. To find out more, contact a company like Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc.