Spring is almost here! While most homeowners are starting their spring cleaning now, it’s also a great time to get your yard in shape. In order to have the best-looking yard in the spring, it’s important to start early. Here’s PA Landscape Group’s top 6 tips to prepare your landscape to make your yard look great as we get closer to the outdoor season.

Start with Yard Cleanup

Your spring preparations should begin with a thorough yard cleanup. One of the first things you should do is remove debris that has deposited in your yard over the course of the cold season. Make sure you wear a thick pair of gloves in case any sharp branches or items that have found their way into your yard via a winter storm.

Rake it Up

Then, break out the rake. It’s time to remove the leaves that you missed in the fall or those that have blown-in over the long winter we’ve had. While you’re raking the lawn, you’ll also want to remove pine-cones, acorns, twigs, and branches. Raking will also break up and reinvigorate the clumped-up grass.

Get to Pruning

Pruning just before spring or during early spring provides the best results for your trees and shrubs. Dormant pruning as we mentioned in an earlier blog, improves your trees’ health and removes dangerous limbs, as well as helps to shape it into a more attractive shape. Pruning your bushes can help revitalize them in spring and keeps their size and shape under control which is important for keeping up your curb appeal.

Always Edge

If you want to prepare your landscape for spring, edging is a must. Edging helps to define the line between your landscaping and lawn. Edging will prevent your grass from growing into your beds, and keep them both looking neater. Clean edging will give your landscape a sharp and well-manicured look.

Refresh Your Mulching

Mulching improves plant health by helping to control moisture absorption by the plants and by preventing weeds. Mulch helps moisture control by absorbing water from heavy rains and releasing it over time. Mulch prevents weeds from growing by keeping them covered and weighted down. Before you apply new mulch, be sure to remove the old.  And it’s a good idea to wait for your plants to sprout up, that way you know where they are and don’t cover them and prevent them from growing.

Apply Fertilizer

Fertilizing gives your grass nutrients to grow strong and healthy. You should fertilize shortly after or before a light rain if you can. You can also apply pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Pre-emergent herbicide prevents weeds, but be careful, it works by stopping all seeds from developing, which includes grass seed. So, don’t apply pre-emergent herbicide if you’re seeding your grass, and be careful about spreading it around your flower beds or other landscaped areas.

As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, your yard will thank you for taking the time for a little preparation. PA Landscape group loves providing our customers with landscape advice and maintenance tips regularly, stay up-to-date with all of our latest information by following our Facebook page.