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Early Spring Landscaping Checklist

Michael Nolan
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It may nearly be spring, but for most of the country old man winter isn’t ready to give up his frigid hold just yet. That doesn’t mean you have to sit indoors staring longingly out the window at your garden and landscape, pining for the good ol’ days when you could spend countless hours weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting in the heat of summer. There are plenty of chores to be done in your landscape even now!

Here are a few of the most important tips to remember for your early spring landscaping checklist:

  • Now is a good time to prune your stoloniferous shrubs. That’s a fancy word for a shrub that produces suckers. The list includes forsythia and shrubby dogwoods.
  • Apply a pre-emergent weed killer now and get a jump on the weeds that may otherwise plague you for the rest of the season.
  • Fill in bare patches in the lawn. One easy way is to mix a few shovelfuls of soil with grass seed, scratch the surface of the bare lawn areas and cover with the soil/grass mixture. Water well and continue to do so until the bare patch begins to fill in. If you are looking for an easier option, try the handy pourable container of Scott’s Turf Builder EZ Seed.
  • Give your lawnmower and other lawn maintenance equipment a thorough inspection. Clean and replace parts as needed.

For more tips and information about what to do where you are, check out our Regional To-Do List.

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