It’s time to shake off the winter blues and get ready for spring!
Spring cleaning means going through closets and drawers and cleaning out any clothes you haven’t worn in awhile, or any other random knick-knacks you’ve accrued through the years. It also means cleaning up your landscaping.
1. Make a plan
After the long, gray winter months are over, it can be tempting to just go to the nearest garden center or nursery and buy the brightest colored plants and flowers you can find. But without a plan, you could end up buying way too many or too few plants. Plot out where you want to plant, and know what you want to get before you go shopping.
2. Do your research
Again, it can be tempting to just buy whatever you think looks nice, but you need to know what’s going to do best in your climate and your specific yard. For example, if most of your yard is covered in shade, you need to make sure you choose plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight. You also need to know how big your plants are going to get so you can give them enough space to grow. Find out the best time to plant your plants and give them their best change to grow and thrive.
3. Don’t forget maintenance
If nothing gives you more joy than puttering around in your garden, then go ahead and buy plants that require a lot of maintenance. However, if your schedule is already extremely full, then get something lower maintenance. Be realistic about how much time and effort you’re willing to put in.
4. Don’t forget your home’s exterior
Your landscaping should enhance the exterior of your home. Think of your home’s architecture and the time period it was build in and choose a landscaping design that will compliment it.
5. Prepare your landscaping area
Prune and cutback any large plants in your landscaping to promote growth. Remove any leaves and branches from your gardening beds, as well as any plants that didn’t make it through the winter. Clearing out your yard will give you a better idea of how much space you actually have to plant new things.