The approach of Spring, along with the above-average temperatures we’ve been having, makes March a good time to walk your property to assess winter damage and plan for your Spring and Summer gardening.  But where do you start?  Here are three things you can look for to make sure you are starting off on the right foot.

Winter Damage

We’ve been fortunate this year and not had any heavy snows or ice storms, but strong winds and cold temperatures can still cause damage to plants and trees.  Remove loose branches and prune broken ones – how far you prune should be determined by the severity of the injury.  The rest of the pruning should wait until later in the Spring when trees are out of dormancy and easier assess what is dead or sick.

Poor Drainage

As you walk your property, look (and feel) for overly wet areas.  Standing or slow draining water during rains or soggy areas in your yard may be a sign of poor drainage and can wreak havoc on your lawn and, possibly, your home’s foundation.  Aerate areas that have very wet soil to help grass stay healthy after being in overly wet conditions. Then, as the Spring rains come, watch how your lawn drains.  If water is still pooling, you may want to consider landscape contouring to direct the flow of water and prevent future costly damage.

Garden Chores

Now is the time to clean your yard and gardens of fallen branches and leftover leaves to make room for your early Spring bloomers.  Don’t forget to clean along fence-lines and under shrubbery.  While you’re at it, assess your mulch, calculate how much you need (1 cu yard covers 100 sq. feet 3 inches deep), place your order, and schedule delivery.  Remember that everyone else is vying for the same delivery times and service schedules, too, so the sooner you place your order, the better.

Doing these three simple things this March will prepare you for success this Spring.  If you need help, visit nativedesignslandscaping.com or contact Tom Wolfgang, certified horticulturist, at 610.584.2989 for a quote that outlines your and your property’s needs. We can help you create, enjoy, and preserve your outdoor living spaces.