Now that February is upon us, we must begin to prepare ourselves for spring landscaping. When the sun starts shining and the days get warmer, people begin to think about spring landscaping. These ideas can be simple like cleaning out your flowerbeds, maintaining your already landscaped lawn, and raking leaves, or they can include creating the yard you’ve always dreamed of.
It is very important to get any fallen leaves off the ground. If leaves are on the ground for a few weeks, they can totally block out light and eventually kill your grass. It is better to mow and mulch the leaves throughout the fall and winter than to wait and do it all at once when they are thick. Leaving too much leaf material on the ground can smother the grass.
As the weather becomes milder, daffodils and primroses should begin to appear. The month of February can bring snowfall occasionally so be sure to protect any vulnerable plants. Also, knock off any snow from these plants or shrubs to prevent any damage.
Hedges should be cut back this month along with any overgrown shrubs. February is the perfect time to prune. Pruning is the art of selectively removing parts of a plant. You mask ask why pruning is essential. Doing this not only removes dead parts like buds, roots, or branches but it also improves the overall shaping and aesthetics of your plants. Other benefits of pruning include better control of a particular plant’s growth, reducing the risk of falling branches, and increasing the overall health of a plant or tree.
Perennials can be lifted and divided as the weather improves. Preparation of borders for hardy annuals can also be done during this month. Roses as well as any deciduous shrubs can now be planted as long as there is no frost or snow on the ground.
If you are wanting to invest in completely designing or redesigning your yard, take this time of the year to have a custom landscape design created. By asking yourself the following questions, you will be able to get a clearer picture as to what your vision is, what your budget is, and how you would like to prioritize the phases of your project.
1.How long will I be at this house?
2.How will I be using this space?
3.What is my style?
4.What elements do I want or need on my property?
5.Am I interested in hardscapes such as an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, walkways, a patio, etc?
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February is also a great time to repair any tools and machinery that will be needed later on in the spring. Summer flowering bulbs should be bought or ordered now in preparation for planting later on.
Are you wanting to start a Vegetable garden? Here are some veggies that can also be planted during the month of February!
Herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Sage)
Be sure to start growing your veggies by starting the seeds indoors. This will give you a head start when it is time to transplant in the spring.