Whether you have a green thumb when it comes to your home garden, or you can hardly tell the difference between a rose and a weed, you should know that there are certain landscaping tasks that need to be done right to keep your home exterior looking its best.


FALL LANDSCAPING



Timing is everything, especially when it comes to keeping your landscaping top-notch. For instance, autumn is great time to plant trees, but a terrible time for pruning certain shrubs. Don't wait until spring to find out that your fall garden maintenance did more harm than good. Read on to learn what not to do in the garden this fall.



FORGETTING ABOUT SPRING


After a long winter, who wants to wait until April for the first spring flowers? Don't forget to take steps now to make sure your garden gets some early color next year. These cool fall days are ideal for planting bulbs like snowdrops, which look great arranged in small clumps, and crocuses, which are lovely along a walkway or even scattered randomly throughout the lawn. In early spring, when these bright flowers pop up from beneath the snow, you'll know that warm weather can't be far behind.




Compacted clay soil needs to loosen up a bit from time to time, and that's where core aeration comes in. This is commonly done in the spring, but at a cost: Weed seeds love the holes left behind by the aerator. Head off a weed assault by aerating in the fall, when the grass is still growing and weed seeds are minimal.

It's time to get dreamy. Don’t try to convince us that there’s not much to be done with a small yard. Southerners (especially of the green-thumb variety) all know that smaller spaces are oftentimes the ones that are most ripe with potential. We’ve gathered our favorite small backyard ideas that make the most of every square inch—and nothing is off limits. We’ve even pulled a few top-notch ideas from front yards, side yards, and even a patio or two that hold plenty of small backyard landscaping ideas in their own right. You’ll find there’s plenty of space to get growing, no matter how small your spot If you’ve caught a bit of cabin fever or are simply not a fan of winter, you can use this time to start planning this year’s landscaping projects.




Freezing rain and cold temperatures might have been pummeling the region recently. But staying bundled up inside gives homeowners the opportunity to start dreaming of warmer weather that’s just around the corner.


If you’ve caught a bit of cabin fever or are simply not a fan of winter, you can use this time to start planning this year’s landscaping projects.


You’ve got 3 1/2 weeks to plan before the first day of spring, and likely a little bit longer for ideal temperatures. More often than not, a finished landscape that you’re likely to love and enjoy starts with planning.


According to an article by Christopher Starbuck, of MU Extension’s Department of Horticulture, once the use areas of the property are defined, the homeowner should take a closer look at environmental aspects of the property, such as soil drainage, what areas are affected by winter winds, how shade patterns change throughout the year, and consider leaving the area directly south of the house open so sunlight continues to warm the house during the winter.


It’s especially important to know what the climate is always like. The climate, Naylor Landscape Management says, helps “determine what types of plants will look great.” The Garden Continuum explained one of the most common mistakes people make when gardening or landscaping is growing the wrong plants in the wrong region.

There are many DIY landscaping tips, as well as experts online who can help you improve your garden or landscape area.


MarthaStewart.com says before mowing the lawn it is important to reseed after cleaning up winter debris. Removing diseased plants would also be good because it can help the landscaper or gardener relieve compaction and have rich, living soil to assist in plant growth.


The four key stages to cleaning up your landscape for spring includes debris removal, pruning and thinning, soil and bed preparation and finally application treatments. Application treatments for fertilizers or pesticides should be carefully looked at before you apply them to any plant.


It is also important for you to trim any dead branches that might be attached to your plants, as well as remove dead flowers or leaves.


There are lots of ways you can go about landscape cleaning and design. It’s all about the matter of size of area you are trying to cover.

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