5 Spring Landscaping Ideas
Are you working on your landscaping this spring? Here are some great ideas to get you started! We don’t list every idea under the sun, but these are our top 6 ideas for landscaping in Edmonton, Alberta.
Let’s get started.
- Prune your trees and shrubs
- Give your landscape a spring cleaning
- Replace and refill your mulch
- Plant a tree
- Start a major landscape renovation
1. Prune your trees & shrubs
Spring is often the best time to prune your trees, shrubs, and perennials. With proper pruning, many trees and shrubs can produce more robust, healthier plants.
The first step is to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches. These can harm your tree by attracting insects and inviting diseases. Also, remove any suckers (shoots that appear near the ground) and upright growing shoots that form on trunks or side branches. Pruning like this will allow the tree to devote more of its energy to thickening its primary structure.
Every plant has a different cycle so double-check that spring is the right time to prune your trees or shrubs. In Edmonton, spring is almost always a great time to prune as the plant’s dormant structure is easy to see. The tree is still dormant and will not suffer severe damage or be vulnerable to disease. Contact a professional to learn more.
2. Give your landscape a spring cleaning
Clean your garden beds, eavestroughs, hard spaces, and lawn. After the fall and winter, debris will build up in your yard and landscaped areas.
Cleaning your eavestroughs is essential to maintaining your home in the spring. If you don’t clean them regularly, you could have a problem next time it rains! Clogged gutters are not a problem anyone wants.
Preparing your garden beds is a necessary step to having beautiful summer plants! There will be debris from the previous year that needs removal. Also, this is a great time to prepare the soil for the growing season.
You will need to check your hard spaces to make sure they are in good shape. Edmonton’s cold winter has cracked many a walkway, and now is the time to make repairs. It is also a good time to sweep and powerwash any hard spaces so you can enjoy them later in the year.
Preparing your lawn for spring should always begin with a deep rake. You will want to rake up all of the thatch you can. During your deep rake, you will find any lawn areas that need repair. It is also an excellent time to seed, fertilize, and apply herbicide. Anyone who has lived in Edmonton knows just how many dandelions there are in the summer. Take care of them now.
3. Replace and refill your mulch
The first thing you will want to do is inspect your mulch. During the winter, the thickness and integrity of mulch will often decrease so you will need to replace it. You will want to wait until the earth warms up to add more mulch so that the ground can warm up and the plants can begin to grow. Apply more mulch mid to late spring.
You do not have to remove old mulch unless it is not the way you want to go this season. Mulch does not need yearly replacement unless it has developed fungus or mould. If that is the case, you will need to replace it or treat it with fungicide.
Mulch should be three inches high over shrub beds and tree stumps. It should be two inches high on flowerbeds. Use this as a rough guide. We want to make sure that the plants still get the water they need.
4. Plant a tree
Spring is a great time to plant both coniferous and deciduous trees in Edmonton. We recommend planting them anytime after the frost is out of the ground in the spring.
You will want to make sure you plant the tree where it is going to thrive. Ensure the tree will get the recommended amount of light and has the right depth and composition of the soil. Dig a hole that is deep enough to cover all of the roots and then cover it with soil.
Anytime you have a new tree planted, you will want to water it extensively to make sure it takes root.
Adding a tree to your landscape will give your property shade, privacy, and beauty and increase property value!
5. Start a major landscape renovation
Spring is the best time to start a significant landscape renovation because if you do it later in the year, you do not have time to enjoy it! The leaves will not be out yet on your plants, and you will be able to see clearly what needs to be done.
Some of the most common projects we see are:
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of landscaping ideas you can start with your space.
Spring is a great time to start enjoying your outdoor space after a long winter. Many people want to be outside after being indoors for so long. If you are passionate about your landscape and want to improve your space, contact our team and get top-quality landscaping supplies.
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