Yes, here comes March, a changeling month if ever there was one. Either it comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, or it comes in like a lamb and leaves like a lion or worse it simply rains for days and then in the last week, snows. This is the perfect time to begin preparing your lawn and garden for spring.

Start with Clean-Up

Rake up leaves, twigs and other debris from the lawn that have gathered over the winter. Also clear out debris in and around shrubs and trees. Clean up flower beds and borders. This will allow for a clean slate for the mulch you will be putting around your beds in early spring.

Ordering seeds and bulbs

If you haven’t already done so, order seeds from either the seed catalog in the mailbox or the local garden center. Seeds for your vegetable garden can begin germinating in your greenhouse or your indoor raised beds. This is also the time for ordering summer flowering bulbs.

Fix broken gates, fencing, and trellis

This is good time to assess what can be fixed or what needs to be replaced. Check around your yard for any fence breakage leaving holes in fencing or gates that didn’t fair well through the winter.

Assessing trees and shrubs

This is also a good time to see how your shrubs and trees held up over the winter. If there are broken limbs or cracks in the tree itself, calling a (certified tree expert) will allow you to enjoy your lawn without trepidation. It is often hard to see broken limbs or branches. This is also the time to move a poorly placed deciduous shrub, like the Rose of Sharon or Butterfly bush, as it is dormant. Choose a windless day to prevent the roots drying out and try to take as much of the root ball as possible for the quickest establishment in its new location. When re-planting shrubs in their new position, plant them at the same level they were previously. Remember to water them in well afterwards.

Prepping the tools

Get the lawn mower blades sharpened, make sure you can start the mower. And the same care goes into the hedge trimmer, the weed whacker. Then there are the common gardening tools, trowels, hoes, shovel, rakes, clippers, some of which will need oiling and sharpening.

Taking these steps will get you that much closer to being Spring ready!

Ideas for your Yard

Are there some bare patches that could use some TLC?

An area that you would like to fence in so the dogs could run around in?

Maybe you would like to bring some birds and bees to your garden and want to know what would attract them.

 

Fruit trees, flowering trees and ornamental grasses:

  • Fruit trees are often self-propagating, meaning you only need one.
  • Flowering trees look beautiful in the spring, and later have interesting leaves for the season.
  • Ornamental grasses are native plants that often add a bit of interesting flair to your property, there are many shapes and sizes to choose from.
  • Generally speaking, you only need one or two strategically placed to add a WOW.
  • You can also decorate with beautiful ornamental grasses

The Tree Experts are Precision Tree and landscape LLC can help you find what will work best for your property!

The advantages of fencing in an area of your property for a dog yard is manifold, not the least of which is keeping your furry friends safe and out of harm’s way. It also means there will be only one place you have to clean up versus having to walk your whole yard with a bag and shovel. Have a dog yard for your pets also means they are less likely to get into hazardous wastes in the garage or shed.

Thinking of a hummingbird, bee and butterfly garden?

There are things to consider:

 

  • Are you okay with NOT using commercial pesticides?

The use of pesticides is one of the main factors hurting both bees and butterflies by poisoning them. There are several alternatives to harsh pesticides which can be seen in best natural weeding strategies. Some may take longer i.e. hand weeding but in the long view you will be helping both nature and the environment.

  • Is there a fence, trellis or broad-leafed tree you could have your garden in?

Butterflies and bees need shelter from both the rain and hot summer days. Hummingbirds also need shelter from rain and high windy days.

Now for the fun part:

Different flower colors attract each one.

  • Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. They like flowers that are tubular, like columbines and day lilies.

 

  • Butterflies like white, pink, purple, red, yellow and orange colors. They prefer flowers that flat-topped or have short flower tubes

 

  • Bees are attracted to violet, blue white, and yellow. Bees like flat or shallow blossoms like daisies, asters or mint.

Even better if you want to have hummingbirds, butterflies and bees all season long is to plant so something is always blooming.

As you can see the possibilities are endless for making your property both welcoming and relaxing all season long.