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As we start to close the door on winter, it’s time to think about spring and how to make your yard look great again. During winter, your landscaping goes dormant, but now it’s ready for those warmer days. It’s not just about cleaning up; it’s a chance to make big or small changes to make your outdoor living space beautiful and fit your lifestyle. Working with a professional landscape designer can help bring your vision and dreams to life. Here are five tips to help revive your yard.

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring With These 5 Tips

Tip 1: Tidy Up and Clear Debris

Prep your yard for planting season by clearing away winter debris. Remove fallen leaves, dead or damaged plants/branches, and any accumulated clutter. This not only enhances the aesthetics but also promotes a healthier environment for new growth.

Landscape professional note - We know that “clean up” might not be the most fun but it’s vital to the overall appearance of your yard and primes for air circulation and sunlight penetration.

Tip 2: Soil Check

Healthy soil is the foundation of a lush garden. Revive your soil by adding organic matter, compost, or other soil conditioners to improve its structure and nutrients.

Tip 3: Plan and NEW Plant Selection

Consider the layout and design of your space. This is an excellent time to envision the color palette and thematic elements you want to incorporate into your landscaping. Think about the placement of flowers, shrubs, and any new plant additions.

Invest in plants that thrive in your climate and are well-suited for your garden’s conditions. Visit your local nursery to select from a variety of flowers, shrubs, or trees that are best for your area. Keep in mind that annuals will need to be purchased and planted every year while perennials should come back. Quality plants will contribute to the longevity and visual beauty of your landscape.

Landscape professional note - If you are planting a vegetable garden, ensure you “rotate your crops” from last year to avoid stripping your soil of nutrients.

Tip 4: Add in Mulch

After planting is complete, apply a layer of mulch (one to two inches of fine mulch or three to four inches for coarser material) around your plants to conserve soil moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Mulching can also provide a great finished look to your flower beds and help prevent erosion.

Tip 5: Start-Up Your Irrigation System

Turn on your irrigation system to look for any broken sprinkler heads or broken lines and fix them as needed. Once you’ve confirmed your system is in perfect working condition, adjust the watering schedule based on the specific needs for your plants.

Landscape professional note - Ensuring your irrigation system is in top-notch condition paired with proper watering is crucial for healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

Other Considerations to Elevate your Outdoor Living Space

Hardscapes: Adding character and distinction to your yard with hardscapes that help define your outdoor space and direct flow can really elevate your outdoor living space. Some options include patios, pathways, steps, and retaining walls.

Inviting Spaces: Enhance your backyard by creating that indoor-outdoor living space you dream about using all year long. Add comfortable seating, decorative elements, and perhaps a focal point like an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, water features, or structures. A pergola can also create a relaxing gathering space for family and friends to enjoy. These additions transform your landscape into a tranquil retreat for relaxation and enjoyment every month of the year.

Collaborate with a Landscape Designer

As you consider your landscaping plans to revitalize or transform your outdoor space, remember that collaboration with a skilled and licensed landscape design firm can help turn your vision into reality. Landscape designers and horticulture specialists bring expertise, creativity, and a keen eye for design to the table.

Their experience ensures that your landscaping not only meets your aesthetic preferences but also creates an inviting outdoor living space. They are the best at bringing your outdoor living spaces to life. Hiring and partnering with a landscape design firm ensures that your landscape not only looks stunning but also thrives over the long term.

If you’re thinking about transforming your yard into an outdoor oasis, we offer professional landscape design services. We will partner with you, listen to your vision, and create a design that not only looks beautiful but allows you to make full-use out of your yard. It’s all about designing something that functions for your needs and fits your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.