Beginner’s Guide to Spring Landscaping

Beginner’s Guide to Spring Landscaping

The snow is finally melting, and spring is almost here. Spring is a great time to start preparing your commercial space for the growing season. If you are new to those spring landscaping chores, make sure to read this handy guide. From pruning to planting, these few tips will help beginners spruce up their landscapes.

Spring Lawn Care Is Important

In the spring, it is vital to tend to all those outdoor chores. If you want a well-maintained yard for the summer, now is the time to start doing a bit of maintenance. By summer, you will appreciate your hard work as you enjoy a green and lush landscape.

You want to keep up with the look of your yard. A well-maintained space adds some beauty to your property. It also improves the appearance of your neighborhood. A healthy lawn can help to absorb any extra rainfall throughout the season to prevent flooding. Healthy plants and turf will stop soil erosion, create more oxygen, and trap pollutants in the air. Along with that, these landscaping elements are known to cool down the air around your property.

Planting in the Spring

Spring is the best time to plant, but you want to wait until the temperature reaches above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Certain grass seeds thrive at specific times in the spring. Some grass grows better with an early spring planting, and others will flourish when planted closer to early summer.

There are two types of grasses: warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses. These grasses grow best in their respective climates. For example, cool-season grasses prefer those areas with mild summers and colder winters. On the other hand, warm-season grass thrives in hot and humid springs and summers.

Cool-season grasses can typically be found around the Pennsylvania area. Fescues, bluegrasses, and bentgrasses are part of these varieties. If you want to plant during this season, make sure to sow them about mid-spring. That schedule will give the seeds plenty of time to develop in the cool soil before facing the summer’s warm temperatures.

There are several types of warm-season grasses. Bermuda, St. Augustine, and zoysia are some examples of these grasses. As the temperatures start to rise, these seeds enjoy all the benefits of the warmer soil.

No matter the type of grass in your landscape, you want to plant the seeds according to their specific requirements for your area.

Think About Fertilizing

Fertilizer adds essential nutrients to the soil. You want to know the ideal time to feed your plants and grass. Typically, feeding should be done between March and May. Some grasses will grow very fast in those warmer climates. However, if you feed the lawn too early in the spring, it can actually promote the growth of weeds. Your lawn will thrive when you fertilize in the spring as the growth cycle begins for the season. As the blades begin to develop, the grass enjoys that extra boost of nutrition.

Plant Those Perennials in Spring

After a long and cold winter, you might be ready to add some color to your landscape. Spring is the ideal time to plant flowers around your property. You will need to plant when the ground is moist. For most places in the country, that is about March to early May.

You might have heard flowers described as perennials or annuals. Perennials will live for about three years, and the annuals typically last for only one growing season. Those annuals produce more vibrant blooms than perennials. You can enjoy the look of annuals throughout the growing season. Some annuals include zinnias, petunias, and marigolds.

Perennials will live in your landscape for a few seasons. As a result of that, these plants and flowers do not bloom as long as an annual. Many homeowners and professional landscapers pair annuals with perennials to maintain some color throughout the season. Lilies, asters, and tulips are some examples of perennials.

If you have flower bulbs, you will want to plant in the spring. Gladiolus and dahlias have tender bulbs, and it is best to plant them in the early spring. Most perennials will thrive in slightly moist soil. It is best to plant in March or early May. Some of these spring plants include geraniums, peonies, daffodils, and pansies.

For those who want tulips for spring, you may be out of luck if you wait until springtime to plant them. Tulips provide a beautiful tapestry of colors for the spring, but it is essential to plan for their growing season.

Tulips are grown from bulbs, and they need 14 weeks of cold weather to store up nutrients from the ground. If you plant tulip bulbs in the spring, these pretty flowers might not show up until the following spring season. For the best time to plant these beautiful flowers, you should target a time in the late winter.

Check Your Hardiness Zones

If you want your plants and flowers to thrive in your landscape, you need to check your hardiness zones. A hardiness zone is a geographical region in the United States. The USDA specifies these zones, and they give landscapers and homeowners information about which plants can grow in their areas.

Spruce Up Your Space

Before the growing season kicks into full gear, you want to walk around your property and clean up some of that winter mess. You can rake up any debris in the garden beds. Check your lawn for damage from the snow. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to do some maintenance work on your space before the hot weather creeps into the area.

Early spring is a great time to get your commercial property ready for the late spring and summer. If you are looking for professional help, make sure to contact a commercial lawn care company.

We Can Help With Those Springtime Chores

If you want a beautiful landscape without the hassles, we are ready to help. Charlestown Landscaping LLC provides commercial lawn care services throughout the year. Our team will maintain your spaces so that you never have to worry about your plants, trees, or lawn. If you want to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at (610) 608-3965.

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