Spring is here, which means it is time for homeowners and gardening enthusiasts alike to dig in and get the yard ready for all that comes with this time of year. May is historically the time of year when gardeners finally have an excuse to get outside and clean up the mess that the winter months left. If done right, your yard will be beautiful and ready for entertainment in no time. Regardless of whether you had a snowy winter or not, there are certain things that need to be taken care of in order to ensure your plants will flourish and you have everything under control.
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Here is an in-depth look at some of the tasks you can perform right now in order to get your yard ready for the season:
- Prune. Before you do anything else, be sure and give all of your perennials a good haircut. Most perennials can be cut back all the way to base, however, some will need to have a bit of growth left behind. This is also a good time to remove any remaining weeds that you notice. In addition to your perennials, most of your trees and shrubs will benefit from some light pruning. This will basically give you the opportunity to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches.
- Clean your beds. Once you have given everything a good pruning, you will need to thoroughly rake and clean your garden beds. This will allow you to remove any debris that has found a home in your beds over the winter.
- Edge. Edging all of your landscape beds will help you make a clear distinction between the landscape and the lawn. This task will also prevent the turf from growing into the mulch. Finally, it adds definition to your landscape and gives it a well-maintained look.
- Fertilize. Similar to humans, your plants will benefit from the application of fresh compost and fertilizer at the start of the season. Proper fertilization could mean the difference between a lush, beautiful plant and one that struggles to survive in the hot Texas climate.
- Take care of pests. Pests are the arch nemesis of any gardener, which is why they need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for worms and caterpillars eating your plants’ new foliage. If you notice this happening, spray the area with a pesticide or consider taking the natural route and making your own!
- Mulch. Along with edging, mulch will help create a defined and well-maintained look to your landscape. It should be noted that no more than 3” of mulch should exist throughout your plantings. If you already have existing mulch in place, you can top dress it with 1-2” every spring.
These tips are a good starting place when it comes to prepping your yard for spring. If done correctly and before the hot summer months hit, you will be setting your yard and gardens up for success!