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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Spring Recommendations For Yard Landscaping Maintenance

Springtime is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the outdoors to clean up and maintain your yard's landscaping. The weather is perfect for this task and after a winter of harsh snow, ice, and winds, your yard is going to be in great need of some clean-up and care to get it into better condition for warmer weather when the vegetation growth is really going to take off. Here are some recommendations for you to focus on as you take some time to put some time and maintenance into your landscaping.

Work on Weed Control

Most homeowners may already know that if you don't get control of weeds in your yard early on, they can quickly become out of control and overtake your yard and your ability to get rid of them. Start by applying a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn to stop returning weeds from growing, such as crabgrass and dandelions. These weeds will sprout up when the soil warms up and the seeds within the soil begin to germinate. 

Then, go around your yard and look for weeds growing around bedding areas, in cracks in the pavement, and along edging materials. Carefully apply a non-selective herbicide, which will kill all vegetation that you apply it on. Be careful that you only spray it onto the leaves of weeds because it will kill any plants you accidentally spray it on. 

As an extra measure, you can spread a landscape fabric in your bedding areas surrounding any perennial plants, shrubbery, and trees. Be sure to stake it down with landscape stakes and cover the fabric with mulch, such as bark or rocks.

Trim Your Trees

If you have trees in your yard, you should spend a little time caring for their health and appearance as well. If you see any branches of your trees that are grey in color, are brittle when you bend them, and are void of any buds sprouting leaves or blossoms, you know they are dead and should be trimmed off. Use some pruning shears to trim off small branches or a pair of garden loppers or a hand saw to cut off thicker branches. If there is a branch that is too high for you to reach from the safety of the ground, hire a tree professional to remove it, as they have the proper safety equipment to prevent them from falling.

When all the dead branches are removed, look at recycling the wood as long as it is not diseased, otherwise dispose of it into your trash container. You can recycle the wood by chipping it and use it as a mulch ground covering, or you can mix it into your compost pile.

Contact a local landscape maintenance service to learn more.