All it takes is a brief warm up (50-60 degrees) for my positive spring attitude to pop in! Just like everyone else in the tri-county area, I’m plain sick of this snow. After I shoveled/plowed/snow blew/crawled my way through 28 inches of that white fluffy stuff (over the course of the weekend), while only getting about 4 hours of sleep – I’m done with this weather! Give me the tulips, Cherry trees and Eastern Redbuds or give me death .. I’m kidding. But seriously, let’s chat really quick about spring planning and getting ahead. The best type of plan is a proactive one and I’ve got a few tips for getting a jump-start on the Easter Bunny.
(signs of spring life)
1. Inspect all your trees and shrubs for broken and cracked branches. This would be from the snow or heavy winds. Prune them off to reduce the chance of spring pests/disease infection, or give your Landscape Professional a call to handle the pruning.
2. Pick up and rake out any fallen green debris, branches or leaves.
(don't forget to clean up broken, fallen branches!)
4. Make a quick sketch of your current inventory in your garden. If you are thinking of adding a few native perennials or flowering shrubs, it’s best to ensure you have the room.
a. Research the material you plan on purchasing. Do not pop into Home Depot and purchase whatever is on sale. Do your research, find out how tall and wide the plant will get, how much maintenance it requires, how much water it needs, do you have the right soil conditions for this plant? All points to think about.
b. If planning and research isn’t your thing, contact your Landscape Designer. They will be able to carefully map out exactly what will do well at your property.
(sample landscape design plan)
(clean up wooded areas, too!)
I hope you enjoyed taking some time out to dream about Spring – it will be here before we know it! Please subscribe to my blog if you would like to get an email sent directly to you. Also, if you have any suggestions for what you like to see for a new post, email me directly at Melissa@bateslandscaping.net
Next week I think I’ll talk more about points/tips to bring up to your Landscape Designer – that should put you on the right track for planting in the new year OR maybe I'll talk more about our chickens .. who knows.