As the landscaping springs (pun intended) back to life, take note of these early spring/late winter landscaping tips:
This time of year is ideal for dealing with those overcrowded perennials in your mature landscape. Early spring is an ideal time to divide mid- to late summer bloomers like daylilies. Dig up the entire root ball, use a sharp spade to cut off divisions, replant where desired, and water really well. Dividing your perennials will increase the amount of blooms and prevent dieback in the center.
As the winter season recedes, take time to assess trees and plants for any deadwood or diseased wood and prune accordingly. Dead limbs are not only unsightly, but the sooner they are removed the quicker the plant can heal and rejuvenate.
Lastly, consider plant healthcare treatments like spring deep root fertilizations and dormant oil applications. The spring is an ideal time to fertilize as nutrients and water are pulled from the root zone and translocated throughout the plant. So fertilizing now will take advantage of nature’s natural flow. Dormant oil applications are essential preventative measures to protect against mites, aphids and scale insects.
Spring is the season of renewal. Preparing now can not only enhance the springtime beauty of your landscape, but also establish healthy traits and conditions for the remainder of the growing season.