May 02 2018
Author: Ben Curtis, Account Manager
It’s official – spring has sprung. That means it’s time to get your yard and landscape in beautiful condition for the season. Where to start?
We maintain that bed preparation and edging are the first steps to a well maintained and beautiful landscape. Raking leaves and other winter debris from beds, along with removing early spring weeds and cutting spent perennials is a great way to jumpstart the feeling of spring in your yard. Smooth, flowing bed lines that compliment the layout of your yard will dramatically improve its overall appearance. Cutting a clean, sharp edge between the beds and the lawn does more than just give a clean artistic look to your landscape. It helps prevent grass and roots from invading your bed space during the summer months. Need more reasons to spend some time on this over the weekend? Read on.
Help Perennials Grow
Removing debris and leaves from the planting beds helps to stimulate perennial growth by allowing the warm temperatures to reach the plants. Perennials that are left under leaf piles to start the growing season work hard to break through the debris. This can cause the plant to grow incorrectly for the next several months and may also delay flowering.
Lose the Bad Seeds
Removing spring weeds before they grow to maturity prevents them from going to seed and propagating themselves throughout your beds. Use a “spring rake” to break the surface tension of the soil, then apply a granular pre-emergent weed control product. Doing so will greatly reduce your effort later in the season when weeds commonly get out of control. Doing the work to remove all weeds correctly the first time is a huge help in preventing constant weeding projects throughout the upcoming months.
Year-Round Maintenance Means Summer Enjoyment
Cutting good edges is commonly taken for granted as a bonus, but not a necessity to maintaining your planting beds. You will find the benefits from cutting and maintaining your edges throughout the year prevents grass and woody native plants and surface roots from encroaching into your well maintained planting beds. Using a weed whacker to quickly trim the grass each week along your well established bed edge can make your landscape look new and refreshed during the entire summer season.
As with many projects, spending the time to do things correctly ensures a better outcome. Take some time during the spring setting up and preparing your planting beds and edges, and you’re more likely to have a beautiful landscape to enjoy all year long.
We know many folks don’t have the time necessary to devote to these efforts. If you want the rewards of a beautiful yard, without the work, request a free quote. We can help create memorable outside spaces, from start to finish.