March 6, 2020

Neighborhood in early spring with flowering trees and budding trees in the front yards.

Eventually the snow will melt, the ground will thaw, and your dormant lawn and landscaping will reemerge. It may feel like it is forever away, but spring will soon be here, and your yard will come back to life. There are steps you can take right now in the winter to help it along. Keep reading to discover what you can do to prepare your yard for the warmer months.

Clean it Up

Even the best laid landscape design plans take a hit during the winter. You never know what might be lurking under dried leaves and dead vegetation. Take advantage of sunny late winter or early spring days to give everything the once over. Clear away any twigs, leaves, and other debris that has built up over the past few months. Check trees for damage that may have occurred as a result of ice and wind and remove split and downed branches. You can also take advantage of the thaw by sweeping and/or scrubbing down decks, porches, and patios. Doing this early will make it seem less daunting when the weather is right to spend even more time outdoors.

Apply Pre-Emergents

February and March are the perfect months to get a start on weed control. Applying a pre-emergent weed killer now will help kill the roots before they get a start and pop up in the spring. Waiting too long allows weed seeds to germinate, while treating early might actually help knock out future weeds and keep them from spreading. The best time to use a pre-emergent is when the ground is thaw, but temps have not yet reached 55 degrees.

Make a Plan

Take advantage of days cooped up inside and get planning. Start to consider any landscape design plans you want to make this year. Consider what kind of annuals you would like to plant. Determine if you need to add or replace any shrubs or perennials. And decide if you want to just spruce things up or make a major overhaul. Come up with a budget and contact your landscape company early to get on their schedule. They tend to get extremely busy once the weather gets warm. Contacting them and making plans now ensures the work will be completed early on so you can enjoy your landscaping all spring and summer.

Need help with your spring yard cleaning or landscape design plans? Contact Twin Oaks Landscape. Our experienced team of innovative designers and lawn and landscape experts can make your dream outdoor living space a reality. Contact us today to start planning the possibilities.