Winter Landscaping Tips to Prepare Your Lawn For Spring

plantersEven during the winter, homeowners in the Philadelphia Main Line and surrounding areas can start making lawn preparations for warmer weather. Promoting a healthy landscape involves planning ahead for next year’s growing season, starting with the dormant months. Fall and early winter is a good time to prune and trim the lawn’s shrubs, hedges, and trees. Tending to evergreen and deciduous trees is especially important when considering the high winds and heavy snows that winter storms can bring.To reduce the risk of injury, it is safest to consult a local, reliable professional. Stenger Landscaping is one of suburban Philadelphia’s most experienced residential landscaping companies and ornamental tree and shrub pruning service providers. We also offer tree and shrub preservation services to ensure the utmost care of your landscape.

Prep Your Landscape with Help From Stenger Landscaping

Removing debris from your lawn is necessary to prevent bare patches and dead grass. Grass must get enough sun for a lush and healthy lawn, throughout all the seasons. If the lawn has been properly prepared for the winter, it will be easier to begin work when the spring finally comes. As spring approaches, you can get a head start by checking your lawn for disease, pruning if necessary, clearing the planting beds, and installing bulbs. Be sure that there is no more frost (or snow) before doing any yard work. Snowy winters can cause snow mold, a type of fungal turf disease that damages grass when a deep snow cover prevents the ground from freezing. Often appearing in early spring, there are two types of snow molds: gray snow mold (Typhula blight) and pink snow mold (Fusarium patch). Symptoms of snow mold first appear as circular patches of matted grass with fungal growth. Fungal growth can may continue so long as the grass remains cool and wet, but typically stops as the surface dries and the weather gets warmer. Gently rake the infected grass and expose it to oxygen to help combat snow mold. The good news is, snow molds seldom cause serious damage.

Early Spring Preparation Recommendations

1. Preventing pathogens, mold, and rot on your lawn is as easy as cleaning up leaves and debris. If you prefer clean edges in your garden, edging the garden bed is a very important task that can be completed in early spring to avoid turf grasses appearing in the garden zone. If necessary, Stenger Landscaping offers landscape restoration to save any yard or garden from disaster. In future, having landscape maintenance services can avoid costly and unsightly lawn problems.

2. Check your garden’s plants for possible winter damage and prune any broken or bent branches – regardless of plant type. When it comes to pruning summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs, a general rule of thumb is to prune in the dormant season (late winter / early spring). Most fruiting plants also need to be pruned while they are dormant. Non-woody perennial plants are typically viewed as the most labor intensive plants to prune, as they will need regular pruning, shearing or deadheading. There are also certain plants that should not be pruned at all until after they flower. Pruning requires extensive knowledge of your garden’s plants. Leave the pruning responsibilities to Stenger Landscaping and ensure that your plants are expertly taken care of.

3. Nip the issue of crowding in the bud by diving any perennials that are encroaching on one another or may have a bald spot. When installing your bulbs for spring, ideally the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed. Avoid fertilizing too early since it may actually hamper growth. Watering is also generally not recommended at this time, except for new installations over the winter season. Stenger Landscaping provides plant care and comprehensive landscaping design and installation to provide an aesthetically attractive and functional garden that serves your home for years to come.

Late winter and early spring is a good time to contact landscaping companies to schedule projects for the late spring to summer months. Think about what type of work you want on your yard. Many companies get booked up, so to make sure your yard is ready for the summer. At Stenger Landscaping, our team provides superior design skills and horticultural expertise to customize each landscaping project in the Philadelphia Main Line area. By collaborating with our clients to learn their lifestyle requirements, plant preferences, and budget constraints, we are able to understand and develop each unique landscape vision and match the architectural style of the client’s home to exceed their expectations. Our plans range from simple black and white plans to more elaborate full-scale colored master plans that help our clients to better envision the overall concept. Contact Stenger Landscaping at 610-831-1900 for service in Philadelphia, the Main Line, and surrounding areas.