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Cabin fever? Start planning ahead for Spring 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. 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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