5 tips to prepare for spring

Get ready for spring!

5 simple tips to help you be prepared.

Spring is rapidly approaching us. With it, the feeling of joy for making it through the winter, and the excitement about enjoying time with family and friends outside.

So, let's make sure your yard is ready for spring. Here's a few tips from our experts here at PLANT - and, as always, feel free to reach out so we can help you plan your backyard transformation.

Tip #1: Do research ahead of time

Before you step out the door, take some time to do some research. Are you going to be adding new plants? You will need to know the right time to plant them. You will also want to figure out how big they will grow and if you are going to have the right space for them.

Are you planning on hiring help or going solo? Your local nursery or garden center would be a good place to get the inside scoop (no, that's not a pun about mulch) on the local contractors you can trust.

Tip #2: Get some fresh inspiration

Think about redesigning your landscape and explore your options online and in your local community. Hardscaping is an amazing way to change the look around your home. From fencing, patios, outdoor living areas. Feel free to get inspired and take a chance on transforming your space this summer.

Is there a childhood memory of a special place that you would like to share with your kids? Why not remake it in your backyard. From things as simple as putting up a tire swing on the big tree, to making fun walkways through the yard, or designing a deck to host parties - get some fresh inspiration!

Tip #3: Prep the beds

In order to get the fullest blooms and ensure your soil is ready for spring, you need to get your flower beds ready. Pull weeds out of your flower beds whenever you see them and once the ground thaws you can put fertilizer around your trees and shrubs. You can also add mulch around the base of your plants and trees and fill in the bare spots on your yard.

Just keep the 'main three' in mind: pull weeds, fertilize, and mulch.

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Tip #4: Prep tools

Many home owners forget to get their tools ready. This means sharpening your blade on your lawn mower and making sure your rake and spades are clean and ready to go. Make sure any wood handles aren't splintered - that's a sure way to suck the joy out of your first sunny day outside! Get your gardening gloves clean. Make sure that once its warm enough you also check your irrigation system to see that that is working.

Trust us, we can tell you from experience that when the weather breaks and you are ready to use your tools, you are going to be happy that you got them cleaned and ready!

Tip #5: Clean up winter debris

Throughout the winter, different debris will pile up in your yard. Sticks will fall off trees, and leaves will cover the ground. You can get your yard in order by cleaning this up and simply getting it out of the way.

Early spring is a good time to trim your trees and bushes as well. Cut off any broken or dead branches and prune the shape of the tree early one so that you begin to share it the way that you want.

The final step is the one that both of us are waiting for... spring sunshine! Call your local landscape and design experts here at PLANT if you have any questions along the way. We would love to help you transform your background into a memory-making space for your friends and family.