Beautiful yards add magic to homes curb appeal
This is the time of year that the seed catalogs start arriving to American homes. Thoughts of spring and hopes of a beautiful yard and garden are beginning to form. Even though it is early spring, there are still plenty of things to be done in the yard to ensure that when spring arrives, your yard and garden will be in top condition. In early spring we can:
Prune roses! Now is the time to prune back the dead diseased or overgrown branches. The goal is to provide good air circulation throughout the bush. Clear away any dead leaves from the ground around the plant, as they harbor diseases. Your local hardware store or nursery will have the proper fertilizers to protect your roses with, and should have folks on hand for any questions.
It’s Bare Root season! Grab a hot beverage and head over to your local nursery. This is when they get in their bare root plants, which can save you money as they have not been planted in pots with soil by the yet. Many bare root fruit trees and roses are available now. It is recommended that the roots be soaked in water for an hour or two before planting.
Prune the trees. Now that the leaves are off the branches it’s time to prune, trim and shape the trees. Apple trees can be pruned this time of year as well before they begin to bloom later on in early spring. If you have peach trees, this is the time of year to spray for peach leaf curl. Your raspberries and grapes can also be pruned this time of year, to ensure a healthy crop come the warm months.
Continue to clean up fallen leaves and debris, since pests like earwigs, sow bugs, slugs, and snails love to hide in it. If it’s in an area where bugs don’t matter, it can stay as mulch.
If you are eager to start planting, start your asparagus and artichokes, beets, broccoli and brussel sprouts. You can start them inside in pots, and plant them outside later if preferred.
California poppy seeds can be planted outside now. Come spring the ferny growth will pop up, and grace your space with a beautiful bright orange.
If a little color is what you are wanting, cool season flowers might be found at your local nursery about now. Varieties like pansies, snapdragon, stock, petunias and sweet peas will cheer up a dreary winter yard and keep you motivated for yard maintenance.
With water conservation on our minds, this is also a good time to check for leaky sprinkler lines, valves etc. Check the batteries in irrigation timers, and adjust the time your sprinklers run according to water conservation suggestions.
If it’s buying or selling homes that’s on your mind, this is a great time of year to make that happen! Wintertime is the right time for readying your homes for sale, or for thinking about what you want in your next home. Call, email or text us today. We can help with getting your home on the market, and helping grow ideas to find the next one.
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