Spring Landscaping Checklist

Close up people cutting a hedge in the garden to prepare for spring

So, you’ve followed all the great tips for winter lawn care, and now you’re ready to spring into action for the best looking lawn and landscape you’ve ever had. But, what are the best steps to take now to make sure your yard thrives through spring and summer?

Here are seven tips to make sure your landscape is ready for all the outdoor activity coming during the warmer months.

1. Clean Up Your Yard

Your spring preparations should begin with a thorough yard cleanup. Get rid of what’s accumulated over winter, including dead grass, tree branches, sticks strong winds have broken off the trees, and any other debris Oklahoma’s strong winds have blown into your yard. Starting with a thorough cleanup will give you a great overview of what else needs to be done to get your yard into top shape. Make sure you wear a thick pair of gloves in case you encounter any sharp branches or items that have found their way into your yard. And keep in mind: Last year’s leaves, tree twigs, and old grass make great compost material.

2. Check Your Flower and Garden Beds

Check on your flower and garden beds to make sure they’re ready for spring. Garden beds have to be cleaned, and annual flowers and plants need to be trimmed to a height of 4-5 inches and divided wherever necessary. Remove annuals, aerate the soil, and fertilize now for future planting. Getting the flower beds repaired after the winter damage is quite fitting to spring yard cleaning as well. The flowers you planted in the fall months, like tulips and peonies, should begin to bloom in March. Make sure you’re ready to plant flowers that will bloom through spring and summer. But, don’t get ahead of the season. The average last freeze in central Oklahoma is on March 30.

3. Rake and Reseed

Break out the rake. It’s time to remove the leaves you missed in the fall or those that have blown in over the winter. While you’re raking the lawn, you’ll also want to remove pine cones, acorns, twigs, and branches. Raking will also break up and reinvigorate the clumped-up grass. Once the raking is done, locate the thin and bald patches to start repairing them.

Spread a half an inch layer of compost over the bald spots and fertilize the areas you need to reseed to increase the grass’s germination rate and promote stronger, healthier growth.

4. Prune Your Trees and Shrubs

Spring pruning roses in the garden

Pruning just before spring or during early spring provides the best results for your trees and shrubs. It improves your trees’ health and removes dangerous limbs, as well as helping to shape them into a more attractive shape. Pruning your bushes can help revitalize them in spring and keeps their size and shape under control so you have that perfect curb appeal. Grasses should be cut close to the ground in the spring, and perennials should be cut back. Evergreens should be pruned of dead or damaged foliage from the winter, and flowers should be removed from damaged stems.

5. Refresh Your Mulch

Mulching improves plant health by helping to control moisture absorption by the plants and by preventing weeds. A variety of mulches are available, and each has its value. Generally, mulch helps moisture control by absorbing water from heavy rains and releasing it over time. Mulch prevents weeds from growing by keeping them covered and weighted down. Before you apply new mulch, be sure to remove the old. You may want to wait for your plants to sprout up, so you know where they are and don’t cover them and prevent them from growing. Havenscapes recommends using a cedar all-bark mulch. This particular mulch stays seated and is less likely to float away during heavy rains.

6. Apply Fertilizer

Fertilizing gives your grass nutrients to grow strong and healthy. You should fertilize shortly after or before a light rain if you can. You can also apply pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Pre-emergent herbicide prevents weeds, but be careful, it works by stopping all seeds from developing, which includes grass seed. So, don’t apply pre-emergent herbicide if you’re seeding your grass, and be careful about spreading it around your flower beds or other landscaped areas.

7. Always Edge Your Yard

person edging their lawn in preparation for spring

If you want to prepare your landscape for spring, edging is a must. Edging helps to define the line between your landscaping and lawn. Edging will prevent your grass from growing into your beds, and keep them both looking neater. Clean edging will give your landscape a sharp and well-manicured look.

After you’ve covered all the checklist, you may want to step back and imagine what additions to your landscape would make life outdoors even more enjoyable. Maybe you’ve seen the perfect spot for a pergola or gazebo. Or, maybe you’d like to look at that well-kept yard from a new patio or outdoor kitchen.

DIY structures like pergolas and gazebos can be built, but a professionally built structure is a better investment. Havenscapes uses Western Red Cedar for pergolas and pavilions, as it stands the test of time and is resistant to termites, and fasteners designed to withhold Oklahoma storms. Plus, the structures are positioned without sacrificing views or privacy.

Havenscapes’ landscape designers start with a consultation visit, where they listen to your needs, discuss budgets, and take measurements. Next, they analyze the strengths and problem areas to map out design concepts, ending with a master plan.

The Havenscapes design experts are ready to help you plan for all your landscape challenges. Contact us or call our Edmond office at (405) 418-4880 to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.