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New Landscaping Prep - Remerica Hometown Realtors

As temperatures get warmer, it's time to prep your yard for new landscaping and fix any damage that's been done by winter temperatures and snow. You may have to wait to start planting, but there's a lot you can do now or in the near future to get your spring yard and garden off to a good start.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following steps to help prep your yard for new landscaping:

  • Prep your tools
    Check your landscaping and gardening tools, including your mower, trimmer, and pruning shears to make sure they're in good repair and ready for the new season. At the same time, inspect your outdoor lighting, patio furniture, deck, and porch for anything that need fixing and take care of it.

  • Do some outdoor spring cleaning
    The first step in getting your yard ready for new landscaping is to clean up any debris left behind during winter. Rake leaves, and even if you don't have any leaves, rake the grass to remove any thatch or "snow mold" - a pink, gray, or slimy brown area that just needs to be raked out and allowed to dry. Pick up any fallen limbs or twigs. When you've cleared away any debris, check your shrubs to see if any have problems.

  • Trim your trees
    Trim any overgrown or dead branches that aren't too large and that you can easily reach from the ground. For a more thorough inspection and pruning, hire a tree trimmer to take care of larger, higher branches. Ideally, this should be done before leaves come out so the branches are easier to see.

  • Replace your mulch
    Edge your beds, trim back dead branches on shrubs, and replace your mulch. Try a hardwood bark mulch, which retains moisture and impedes weed growth while being attractive and long-lasting.

  • Plant flower borders, trees, and shrubs
    Early spring is usually a good time to plant hardy perennials as well as trees and shrubs. If you're planting annuals or tender perennials, however, you should wait until the danger of frost has passed in your area. In and around Ann Arbor, MI, that usually means around May 9.

  • Feed your grass
    Use a fertilizer combined with a pre-emergent (an herbicide that helps prevent crabgrass). About six to eight weeks later, use it again, combined with a broadleaf weed killer. Pre-emergent and weed killer are sometimes combined into one product, so this can save you some time, money, and effort.

  • Mow often
    Many homeowners mow once a week when spring starts or it gets warm, but that's not often enough. Mow every five days or so for the first six weeks of spring, setting your mower high enough to remove the top 1/3 of grass blades. Leaving the grass blades longer lets their roots grow deep and healthy and be able to take up more water and nutrients.

Contact us if you're looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale or are thinking about selling your home. We can help you find a house you'll be happy to call home and/or sell your existing home in the area.