The spring equinox was March 19th, which means that here in Canada, the flowers will start blooming in no time. Once the snow has melted and new life starts to emerge from the earth, you will want to spend all the time outside you can. That means that you will need to take the time to ensure your landscaping is healthy and up to your standards.
Our Calgary landscaping company is happy to come to your home and get everything in tip-top shape for the coming warm weather. In the meantime, here are the essential items on your to-do list to ensure that your yard is ready for your springtime activities.
Inspect Your Trees
Canadian winters are tough on trees, so it’s likely that they will need some TLC before the season starts. Inspect your trees for broken and damaged branches to determine which will need to be removed and pruned. We recommend leaving branch removal to the professionals. We’re happy to take care of this for you!
Test Your Soil
It’s wise to ensure that your soil is still healthy for your plants after winter is over. You will want to know the pH balance and the nutrient mix. We are happy to test your soil for you so you have a good idea of whether or not your plants will thrive.
Fertilize the Lawn
If you test your soil and find that it’s lacking essential nutrients for your lawn, you will want to prioritize using a proper fertilizer. That being said, not all lawns are best fertilized during the spring. You need to know your particular type of grass to understand its fertilizer needs and whether it’s best to wait until June or not.
Generally speaking, you want to use a controlled-release fertilizer. This will increase the amount of nutrients your plants are consuming. In addition. Make sure to always read the label of the fertilizer bag so that you don’t end up using too much. That can cause damage to your lawn that will be difficult to bounce back from. On the other side of the coin, using too little fertilizer won’t help your lawn either. Always follow the instructions on the label.
It’s also important to keep in mind that there are laws around what kind of fertilizer you can use. When in doubt, contact your favorite landscaping company in Calgary for assistance.
With spring comes flowers, but also weeds. This is the ideal time of year to apply weed control before those pests start to emerge from the ground. If you struggle with crabgrass, for example, there are several products on the market you can use to prevent it before the warmer weather begins.
Tidy Up Your Planting Beds
It’s almost time to revive your garden, and during this time of year, it’s essential to clean your planting beds up to make way for more new growth. Rake the leaves and other debris off of your plant bed and create neat edges around the beds with an edging tool.
You can also help to promote growth through the use of mulch. Use it in plant beds and around your trees. That being said, mind how close the mulch gets to the tree trunk; you don’t want it to touch at all. In addition, keep mulch to an inch-thick layer, and never more than three inches. Mulch is a powerful way to retain moisture in the soil and keep roots cool once the summer sun comes out. However, there can be too much of a good thing, and that’s very true with mulch.
Check Out Your Irrigation System
After the weather has warmed, it’s time to turn on your irrigation system to make sure that it’s working properly. As irrigation experts, we’re happy to come and help you with this.
Here at Project Landscape, spring is one of our favorite seasons. We love watching the world start growing again, and we hope you do too. If you’re in need of any help with your landscaping this spring, give us a call! We are the landscaping company in Calgary you can trust. Contact us today to learn more!