Spring has arrived in the greater Houston area! Flowers are blooming, trees are growing new leaves, and the season of restarting has begun. Houston typically has beautiful spring weather, unless you have allergies, and it’s a wonderful city to go enjoy spring life in! When it comes to your landscaping and yard, you will begin seeing new life and most of us will want to help our yard and landscaping thrive in the spring to prepare for the brutal summer. 3D Pools and Landscape is the premier landscaping company in the greater Houston area and we’d love to offer our advice on what you can do in the spring to help your landscaping and yard thrive!
One of the first things you can do in your yard is to inspect all of your bushes and shrubs. Good pruning can be beneficial for multiple reasons. It’s possible that you have some dead branches or awkward growth. Pruning can create more beauty and promote better growth as you cut out the dead branches. Maybe your bushes are too big and good pruning will allow them to grow again without getting too big for your landscaping. Lastly, you can prune to promote faster growth as sometimes you may want your bushes to continue growing and the best way to do that is to lightly prune to encourage the plant to grow!
All plants need good soil to continue growing, but did you know that testing your soil’s PH every few years can help you see how good your soil actually is? You can purchase tests at a local store and the test is simple enough. After testing you’ll know what will be needed for your soil’s health. You may need to fertilize the soil with a certain type of fertilizer based on your soil’s needs as not all fertilizers are the same. In general, it’s best to choose a slow or controlled release fertilizer to help your soil retain nutrients. Before fertilizing your lawn or plants, always check with the local agricultural extension office. Some state and local governments place limits on when what kind, and what amount of fertilizer you can apply. In these situations, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
When springtime rolls around, one of the first signs of the arrival of the new season is the growth of weeds. Whether in your yard or flower bed, weeds let us know that spring is approaching. For your yard, apply some pre-emergent weed control to start and then continue treating as needed. For your flower beds, it’s best to just get on your hands and knees to pull out any weeds that have started to grow. Pulling out the roots of the weeds will prevent future growth as well!
The next thing to keep an eye on while you are prepping your landscaping. And the yard is to check your mulch depth. Your flower beds at the very least should have mulch. And when it has decomposed you’ll need to add another fresh layer. You never want to put more than 3 inches of mulch in your flower bed. And so sometimes you may not need to add any more. However, should you need to add some just gently pour some onto the flower bed and spread it out. If you want to put mulch around your tree trunks, be sure to keep space between the mulch and the trunk.
Lastly, make sure your irrigation system is working properly. Work with the sprinklers to be sure that all of your yard and landscaping are covered by water. And no area is getting too much water. Watch for leaks in the sprinklers and make sure that the water pressure is even in all of them. Lastly, check your flower bed watering system to be sure that water comes out slowly. And there are no new leaks. Make sure that all areas of your flower bed are getting water as well!