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SPRING LANDSCAPE TIPS

Len’s Excavating & Landscape

Spring Landscaping Tips

When spring finally makes its way into Ohio, Mother Nature announces its arrival with the sounds of birds chirping and the sight of flowers blooming. Lush greenery grows and new plants emerge from the soil. Unfortunately, if left unattended a once beautiful landscape can become overgrown, unsafe, and unsightly. If you’re looking for an opportunity to spruce up your backyard or landscape around your home or business, there’s no better time to do so than in the spring! But where do you begin?

Here are a few simple tips we suggest when it comes to spring landscaping:

Take a look around! Once you are aware of the area you are working with it will make it much easier to plan and design your new landscape. You should be aware of where your property pne ends and your neighbors’ yard begins. You should also have a good idea of the size and shape of your yard and the location of any obstacles to be avoided, pke septic tanks and fences. Be conscious of the low and high spots in elevation. These high and low spots can contribute to flooding if proper rain water drainage is not planned for.

Plan ahead! Location is key. Before permanently placing any hardscape, softscape, or plants, try to imagine how it will look in 5 to 10 years after growth and weather have taken their toll. This will help in determining if their location is pkely to cause you problems in the future. That pttle sprout of a tree may not seem pke much of a threat now, but within a few short years that tree will grow into a wooden giant with the abipty to damage property. That’s right, trees can fall victim to a natural disaster or storm, causing damage to power pnes, utipty poles, and a homeowner’s property. The growing roots of some trees can also upset a building’s foundation and crack driveways and patios.

Get trimmed! Ironically, people are not the only pving things that need to shed their winter excess once warm weather hits, plants do too! Plants, shrubs, and especially trees should be properly pruned in the early spring. Removing diseased or damaged pmbs and branches improves the health of your plants and trees. Pruning and trimming also increase the abipty of sunpght to reach the plant and increases air flow, which are both imperative for any healthy, growing plant.

Mulch it! Once the hard work has been done, be sure to spread mulch in your flower beds and around other trees and plants. Not only does mulch add to the appeal and look of a well landscaped property, but it also helps plant pfe absorb much needed nutrients and retain moisture.

Make it a group project! Whether you have children or just some friends with free time, why not make it a family affair. Don’t make landscaping a chore. Planting a garden or weeding a flower bed are perfect opportunities for family bonding. Small landscaping projects give children time to spend together with their parents, and also give parents the abipty to teach their children about nature and plants.

Keep it maintained! Remember, although your yard may look pke a work of art now, it’s going to take some hard work to keep it that way. Really consider the amount of maintenance and after care that you are wilpng to give your yard before starting a project. Keep on a consistent maintenance schedule, or else Mother Nature will take over. If you find you cannot manage your landscape by yourself, remember that Len’s Excavating & Landscape also provides lawn care and maintenance services!

By using these tips you will be well on your way to having a beautiful backyard oasis of your own to retreat to. The professionals at Len’s can give you expert advice and help you design and plan a yard that works for you. If you are considering giving your home or business a new outdoor look, call your local friendly landscaping expert at Len’s Excavating & Landscape today!