Spring is finally here! After months of looking at dead plants and snow, the outside world is starting to feel alive again. This month is a great time to start working on your yard if you haven’t already done so. There are still a few lingering winter weeds hiding in the dirt that you should eliminate now before they start taking over your garden beds. We hope these tips will help get your landscaping off to an early start this year!
Stop fertilizing your grass.
If you’re like me, your lawn is probably looking a little brown and drab right now. Spring is the time to fertilize it less—or not at all. Grass needs fewer nutrients in the spring than it does in other seasons, so cutting back on fertilizer will help prevent overgrowth and encourage new growth.
The best part about this method of landscaping is that it’s easy to do! If you have some extra time on your hands (or if you just want an excuse to get outside), grab your gardening gloves and start working on improving your yard with these tips:
- Fertilize trees and shrubs only in springtime. Trees are more sensitive than grasses when it comes to fertilizing them too heavily or too often; sticking with our theme here—less is more!
- Plant flowers and vegetables in late winter or early spring before they bloom/grow/produce anything edible (and therefore tasty). Flowers will attract bees which pollinate plants’ flowers as they search for nectar; vegetables need pollinating too so don’t forget those either! You’ll be able to start eating things sooner rather than later if they’re planted now!
- Plant trees during fall months when their leaves have fallen off but before any frost arrives where temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-0 Celsius). Most tree species grow best under these conditions due partly because leafy foliage provides some warmth from sunlight reflecting onto trunks but also because each cell needs oxygenated water flowing through its roots constantly throughout freezing times so avoid freezing temperatures at all costs!
Add color to your garden beds.
When it comes to adding color to your garden beds, you have some options. Most people know that annuals can be planted as seeds or purchased in seed packets. Perennials are another good way to add color and interest to your garden beds. Shrubs also offer a great way for you to add color and beauty all year long! If you’re looking for more permanent solutions, bulbs are a wonderful option for adding late-season blooms that will last well into fall. Ground covers can also be used as an attractive way of helping keep weeds out of the way while still allowing sunlight through the leaves so they can photosynthesize properly!
It’s a good month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.
If you’re planning to plant trees and shrubs this month, the best time to do it is now. These plants need to be in the ground by May or they won’t have enough time to grow before winter.
As far as perennials are concerned, there are many that should be planted by the end of April if you want them to flower well this year. If you buy them later than that they may not bloom until next year.
For those who prefer spring-flowering bulbs (such as tulips), we recommend getting them in early April so that their flowers will be open when everyone else has theirs out by May 1st!
Happy roses make for happy landscaping.
Roses are a popular, beautiful addition to any garden. They need little care and can grow well in a variety of environments. Their blooms are a source of beauty, while the shrub is also a good source of nectar for bees and other insects. If you have birds in your yard (who doesn’t?) they will be happy to find food in the rose’s hips as well.
If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your yard this spring, then there’s no better option than roses!
Don’t forget about the lawn.
- Don’t forget about the lawn.
- Mow the lawn regularly and use a sharp blade.
- Mow at the right height for your grass type, and mow in the direction of its growth – this will help to keep it healthy! You may want to consider hiring a professional if you don’t know what’s best for your lawn’s health.
- It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold when you’re out there with your mower—spring and fall are ideal times of year when temperatures aren’t too extreme overall. Morning or evening also works well because they’re cooler times of day that are good for getting things done outdoors (like mowing!). Don’t forget about shade!
Time to divide the irises.
Divided iris are the best choice for a sunny, large or small garden. Be sure to pay attention to the sort of soil you’re planting in, though; iris prefer well-drained soils.
In particular, you should divide your irises every 2-3 years (or whenever they begin to look crowded). To do this, simply dig up a clump of rhizomes and chop them into segments with a knife or sharp trowel (about 3 inches long). Plant each segment just below ground level so it looks like it’s been planted there naturally by nature itself!
Be prepared to fight off pesky insects.
To help you be prepared for the bugs that come with spring, here are some tips you can use to deal with them in your garden:
- Know what to look for. The most helpful thing is to know what insects you’re looking at and how to tell if they’re harmful or not. If you see any of these bad guys in your yard:
- Ladybugs are good! They eat other bugs, so leave them alone and they’ll take care of most of your pest problems.
- Ants are also pretty harmless as long as they’re not swarming all over your flowers (which would suggest an infestation), but if there’s only a few crawling around then it’s nothing to worry about. But if there’s too many ants coming into your house? That could be an issue! Try using insecticides outside first before resorting to harsher chemicals inside.
Get a jump start on your yard this April!
April is the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. It’s also an excellent time to plant annuals and bulbs. Spring plants are more attractive to insects because they are in bloom, so you may want to use insecticides if there are pests in your yard.
April is a great time to get started on landscaping projects. In addition to all the work we’ve covered, there’s also plenty of new plants coming into bloom and other things in nature that can help you make your garden even more beautiful. So what are you waiting for? Go start planting!