Rick’s Corner: Spring is on the way…

Hello everyone,

This is Rick from Hofstetter Landscaping. As we reach the 2/3rd mark of February of 2015, I am happy to say that spring is on its way at last and will be here in just a few more weeks. I know most of us will be happy to see the end of this winter. Certainly Ashleigh and I will be glad to see it over.

We had enough good weather in the fall of 2014 for the crew to work right up into mid-December, before it became too cold to work outdoors. Our last project for the year was an 80’ by 3’ retaining wall, a set of 4 steps, 6’6” wide and 700 sq. ft. of patio, with 80’ of sienna pressure-treated fence. Sienna is a new colour of [Read more…]

Despite how it may seem outside, spring is coming. Really, its coming! Soon the snow, ice and all around evil that is outside our doors will turn into warmth and sunshine. As amazing as this is, there is some work to be done to get ready for the springtime. We’ve got 10 tips to get your lawn and landscape ready for the upcoming spring.

1. Before bring out your shovels, rakes and leaf blower, take a quick walk around and look things over. Break down the process into gardens and lawn work, small repairs and cleaning. This will help you keep everything organized and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

2. Check hand tools and equipment to see if any need repairing, cleaning or replacing. There’s nothing worse than needing a tool, only to find out that it is in need of repair.

3. If you feel that you must fertilize in the spring to correct lawn damage, first get a soil test done by a garden center or a cooperative extension office. (Check at the garden centre for the correct fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully…… do not use more than suggested quantity)

4. Prune winter-­damaged tree limbs and shrub ­branches. Remember that when pruning to remove limbs no farther than the branch collar. Never cut flush to the trunk.

5. Re-seed bare patches in your lawn.

6. Pull out that lawn mower and use it to even out the grass.

7. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs as well as emerging bulbs and perennials. This will help to moderate soil temperatures, maintain soil moisture, deter weeds and make your soil more friable by increasing the population of beneficial soil microorganisms.

8. Check the pH of your soil with a soil test kit, available at garden centers and home improvement stores. Most plants grow best in soil with a pH between 6.0 to 7.0.

9. Start your new plants off right by thoroughly soaking the plant roots before putting them in the ground. Once plants are in the ground, be sure to water them thoroughly, keeping the soil slightly moist at all times during the first growing season until plants become established.

10. Create drifts of color and texture by arranging your annuals and perennials in odd numbered groups such as three, five, or seven.

Interested in even more tips for getting your lawn and landscape ready? Give us a call at 647-955-8382 or send us a message with your questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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