Walking down the street or passing through your neighborhood, you may notice green. Lots of green. Green is the color of spring, and it’s here! Trees are budding, blossoms are blooming and now is the time to jump on that gardening band wagon. And with these essential gardening tips, you can’t go wrong!
TAKE A LOOK AROUND: You may notice tree limbs that need trimming or hedges that need to be pruned. Making a list of any needed alterations to existing landscaping can save you time and money. Starting with your trees, make note of any growth patterns that may become a problem with cables or existing structures. Hire an arborist if needed for any mature or extremely tall vegetation. Working your way from the very top to ground level, you can assess your yard and make note of all the upcoming changes. Make sure to rake your beds and clear foliage from any areas that are about to bloom. Now is a good time to also check your fences, pavers or walkways for any damage from the winter.
SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT: You tools can make all the difference when tackling a gardening project. Sharpen dulled edges and clean any wooden handles to extend the life and usefulness. If possible, asses and order or replace damaged tools before starting your projects. It will help maintain your sanity during your spring gardening.
FRESHEN UP YOUR SPACE: Take note of any gaps in your planted bed to plan replacements or fillers. If you have something specific in mind, speak with your local nursery. Most nurseries can
special order or recommend similar replacements to foliage you have fallen in love with during planning. Check your mower, leaf blower, edger and other tools necessary to maintain your lawn. If needed, have them serviced so you can hit the ground running! Clear your lawn of any fallen leaves, branches or invading species.
PLANT & COMPOST: You probably have a pretty good idea of how you want your landscape to look. Make sure to plan appropriately for plant heights and widths once they are full grown. Instead of purchasing fertilizer , start a compost pile. Use vegetables and fruit scaps…basically everything but meat! Make sure to turn and treat if needed for ants. And when in doubt, mulch. Mulch provides a pleasing aesthetic and acts as a weed suppressant. It also helps retain moisture keeping your plants happier for longer.
If you are in doubt about how to approach spring, there are plenty of website that will help aid with zones. We suggest starting plants in a portable container so you can find the perfect balance of light and moisture. The University of Florida also has an app that will cycle planting information based on the season. Whatever you are thinking, start planning and get planting! And of course, if you want to skip the start to finish process and purchase a move-in ready home with the all the landscaped beauty your dreamed of, just give us a call. We’d love to help you find your perfect slice of paradise.