Tips from the Pros for West Michigan Landscaping Success

May 23, 2016

Spring is in full swing, which means that it is time to make your property look its best. Your landscaping offers entertainment and enjoyment for you, while it provides a nice curb appeal for your home. Better Business Bureau Serving West Michigan presents the following tips to make your spring landscaping look lovely and run more smoothly.

Prepare the Property


There are a few tasks you should complete before you get too invested into planting. Take the time to inspect your property and look for signs of damage, especially from the winter snow and ice. Check out your outdoor furniture and make sure it is clean and in good shape. Repair or replace paving stones and retaining walls, and clean fences and trellises. Hire someone skilled in West Michigan landscaping to clear away any old foliage you do not plan to revive this year. Turn on your irrigation and sprinkling systems to make sure they are working. Look for broken valves and sprinkler heads, and arrange to fix them. You may not need to turn them on regularly for a few weeks, but it is good to identify problems now. This allows you to start with a fairly clean slate for planting.


Attend to Perennials, Bushes and Trees


If you wrapped your trees for winter, you can unwrap them now. Check your bushes and shrubs for signs of damage, but resist the urge to prune them back in spring. They are just starting to bud right now, which means that it may be difficult to tell a dead branch from one that is about to revive from the winter. Unless you have to cut back at present to prevent imminent damage to your property, save serious trimming or pruning for summer or fall when your trees and bushes have already flowered. However, you can trim your perennials as much as you would like at this time. Prune them back significantly so they will grow back stronger and more beautiful this year.


When is the Best Time to Plant?


Although your perennials and hardier foliage may already be in bloom by now, you should take care not to plant your annuals too soon. A freak snowstorm or even a hard freeze or two can really damage plants and flowers that require a higher minimum temperature. Experts recommend that you wait until at least mid-May to put smaller seedlings into the ground. You may have luck planting cool-weather plants like pansies in late April or early May, but you should take care to protect all your new spring landscaping from the elements.


What Should I Plant?


The current trend is to make native plants the focus for your landscaping design. It all depends on the look you are going for and what you want from your garden. For example, if you would like to provide flowers that serve as a great place for butterflies to develop, plant wild columbine, black-eyed susan or asters. As you select your landscaping plants, consider mixing plants of different kinds of foliage, with varying budding times throughout the summer and fall. This way, you will always have a landscape green or in bloom, without entire sections that are dead or empty.

In spring, you can make your property look almost any way you could imagine. This spring, request a quote from Accredited landscape and lawn care professionals.