March 13th, 2013
In less than one week, spring will officially “spring”. Now is the perfect time to spruce up the landscaping around your home. We’ve compiled a few tips that will help improve your landscaping, adding even more curb appeal to your already beautiful home. This is particularly important if you’re in the market to sell, as studies show that buyers make quick judgments on homes based on their exterior.
Trees and Shrubs
Keep your trees healthy and looking great by pruning them as necessary. Trim the leaves, raise the undercarriage and clear out dead, damaged or infected branches. This step-by-step guide will help you prune your trees, to keep them healthy and beautiful.
Take time to apply fresh mulch around all of your trees, shrubs, and bushes. Mulch helps your plants conserve moisture, and improves the fertility, keeping them growing healthy and strong. Selecting the right kind of mulch for your trees is essential. Find out which mulch type is best for your yard here. With so many varieties and colors, you can pick mulch that is not only efficient, but also aesthetically pleasing.
In the cooler months, lawns tend to grow a bit slower. For a healthy, green lawn in the spring, take time to lightly fertilize, and apply weed control treatments as needed. Use a spreader like the one pictured below to ensure that your entire lawn is covered completely.
Continue your routine maintenance. Mow, trim, edge and water your lawn as needed. Remember to water your lawn in moderation; over or under watering your grass can cause significant problems. Too much water can lead to fungal diseases and mold, which will cause your plant’s roots to rot, and eventually kill the plant. Since droughts and high heat are common in Texas, under watering your lawn can cause the grass to quickly burn, and die.
Flowers can add a pop of color to any landscaping project. Prepare your beds by removing weeds and debris. Use a shovel to loosen the soil, and fertilize it as necessary. To give your flowers the best chance for growth, healthy soil is key.
Once your soil is ready, you can begin planting your flowers. Warmer temperatures are optimal for growth, so as the weather begins to change, you should begin to plant your install your plants. This guide will help you discover which plants are best for your yard, depending on the amount of shade and your climate.
Look out for any damage in your yard caused by insects or diseases. If you do notice any irregularities, treat it as soon as possible, or consult a professional. Try review sites like Angie’s List to help you find reputable landscaping services. If you’re interested in improving your green thumb, home improvement stores like Lowes also offer landscaping and gardening classes, at low to no cost! Learn more about them at your nearest store, or visit Lowes gardening guide here.
Here’s to a beautiful yard this spring!