The days are getting longer. The temperatures are getting warmer. The birds can be heard outdoors once again, chirping the moment you wake up. It can mean only one thing: Spring has arrived — and with it, a fresh opportunity for landscaping.
From decorative new plantings to budding flowerbeds to irrigating a lush, enviable green lawn, landscaping for spring doesn’t have to stay a fanciful wish list. In fact, it shouldn’t. Homeowners can refresh the current template of their yards through simple maintenance solutions or level-up their lawns and landscaping beds with a few expert spring landscaping tips.
Whatever’s on your radar, we’ve compiled four fresh ideas to revitalize your spring landscaping.
This article will cover the following Spring landscaping services:
Great spring landscaping starts with a staple of most yard types: trees and shrubs.
Often overlooked, trees and shrubs can draw the eye to particular spots on your lawn, enhance hard and soft landscaping features and provide a complete, finished feel to any outdoor space. They’re also as much about form as function.
Tall shrubs can be sculpted around the perimeter of a property to act as a natural-looking fence or work as partitions within a yard for enhanced privacy. Likewise, the character and elegance trees lend a lawn are bolstered by their shade on a warm spring afternoon. Whether you plan to plant a new tree type or want to take better care of the beloved ones already shading your backyard, you should know the ways to revitalize seedlings.
- Remove Dead or Diseased Branches
- Trim Overgrowth and Groundcover
- Determine Tree or Shrub Fertilization Needs
For a complete article on tree trimming, see our How Much Should You Trim a Tree? article.
Mulch is a fantastic addition to any landscaped area. From surrounding the base of a patio to preventing problematic areas of weed growth, it should be a welcome part of your spring project. Its range of colors and chip types also makes mulch a simple way to freshen up a landscaping look. What’s more, it offers a variety of functional yard benefits.
- Weed Control
- Erosion Prevention
- Temperature Insulation
Many people forget to check their yard and landscape bed sprinkler systems regularly. After all the hard work put into designing, planting and tending a spring landscaping project, a properly functioning irrigation system is the final step to keep your yard in the condition you desire.
Top irrigation-system specialists install sprinkler systems specifically for your yard’s needs. The best irrigation systems can be automated to target particular areas without overwatering. These systems also come with servicing during their peak usage periods in spring and summer, as well as maintenance in their offseasons.
You and a local irrigation specialist should inspect your system for the following.
- System Startup
- Cross-Connection and Backflow Testing
- Proper Winterization
Planting the right bulbs that thrive in the Spring weather is key to having a beautiful lawn. Spring-planted bulbs produce some of the most dramatic garden color with minimal effort. Tuck them among your perennials to create a fuller looking bed, or create a special 'patterned' bulb garden to wow your neighbors.
The top five Spring bulbs to plant in Maryland are:
For a complete understanding, see our article Five Best Spring Bulbs to Plant in Maryland