Getting your yard ready for spring in the winter can be an intimidating task; however, with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can go a long way in ensuring that your yard is looking its best come spring. Here are five ways to rejuvenate your yard in winter before spring arrives:
Redefine garden bed edges
Redefining garden bed edges can be a great way to add style and structure to your outdoor living space. There are many options for materials you can use, such as brick, stone, or even wood. Consider the size of your space when designing the shape of your garden bed edge, how it might fit into existing landscaping features in your yard, and what type of plants you plan on adding to complete the look. For example creating curves with softer edged material such as wood may bring a more natural feel to an area while sharper angles may make more commanding statement with brick or stones being used. Whichever material and design shape you decide upon adding well–defined edges can give life to any outdoor environment!
Refreshing mulch in garden and flower beds is an important part of maintaining a healthy, lush outdoor environment. Not only does it look great, but new mulch can help suppress weed growth and also helps keep moisture in the soil as well as provide nutrients to plants. To refresh your existing beds with fresh material, start by removing the old layers of wood chips or bark and discarding them away from the garden area. Once you have done this, rake any debris out of the bed before reapplying a layer of new mulch or compost mix two to four inches thick; top-dressing with 1/4 inch layer will give your bed some extra color too! In order for your fresh mulch to work most efficiently apply every spring or summer for best results – remember that sometimes less really is more when it comes to freshening up drab outdoor spaces!
Add to existing beds
Planning a garden in the winter for spring allows gardeners to think ahead, and make sure their plans will be well thought out. This is especially important if one wants to start from scratch. The first step should always be deciding what kinds of plants are desired and researching which ones are best suited for your climate zone, as well sun exposure needed. Once the optimal plants have been chosen, then it’s time to choose a location that has ample soil that receives enough sunlight or shade depending on the plant‘s needs. A gardener can then map out where they would like different types of flowers and vegetables to go while taking into account space–saving options such as vertical gardening with climbing vines or trellises if possible. Finally, decide when seedlings should be planted so everything will be ready by springtime!
Apply corn gluten to stop weeds
Applying organic preemergent corn gluten to lawns in early spring is an effective way to prevent weeds from germinating. This natural, plant–derived product acts like a herbicide and essentially creates an invisible barrier that will stop the growth of weed seeds before they even have a chance to germinate. When applied properly and in timely intervals, organic preemergent corn gluten can offer excellent protection against early–spring creeping grass patches such as crabgrass, goosegrass and foxtails. Unfortunately it cannot be used successfully if the area has already been seeded or landscaped – so timing is key!
Reshape foundation plantings
Reshaping foundation shrubs in and around your house is an excellent way to add character, soften the façade of your home, and provide year–round privacy. From pruning service companies to DIY guides on YouTube, there are plenty of ways to learn how to start tackling this project yourself. Before you begin trimming or reshaping with hedge clippers and electric shears, be sure that you know which types of plants can handle different levels of cutting back — some shrubs may require more gentle pruning than others. With careful consideration for each shrub‘s size, age and growing habits you‘ll create a beautiful look while keeping them healthy over time!
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