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The Best Time to Start Landscaping: Seasonal Guide

Improving your property landscape is the beginning of home ownership pride, but when is the best time of year to start?


In Theory

The best time to begin landscaping, tree planting, and garden planning is in the spring months of April and May. This depends on your location and seasonal climate of your property but starting in the spring will allow your plants to grow as the earth acclimates to the vast changes that the season brings. Starting in the spring will allow give your plants the best amount of time to flourish through the summer and fall before bracing for a harsh winter.


Seasonal Gardening Tips

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  • Inspect your trees and shrubs. Start your spring yard clean up with a good inspection of your yard. Take stock of all the areas to tend to and look for any branches that might be broken or damaged and prune them, if you can, or have them removed by a Sunready professional.

  • Test your soil. If you’re new to landscaping or just haven’t done it in a while -test your soil every few years to make sure it has the proper pH balance and mix of nutrients needed to grow your plants, trees or shrubs. You can usually get your soil tested at local garden centers, or ask your lawn care or landscape professional. Testing the soil is a great first step to uncover the reasons why your plants maybe didn’t do so well the year before.

  • Fertilize your lawn. The decision about whether or not to fertilize should be based on the nutrition requirements needed by your soil conditions. Below are a few tips on fertilizing your lawn

  • Determine your soil nutrient needs through testing. If your soil does need nutrients, make sure you choose a fertilizer that matches those needs

  • Ensure fertilize at the optimum time of the year for your variety of grass. Ask a Sunready Professional to guide your through the right time to fertilize.

  • In general, it is best to choose a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer to reduce possible losses to the environment and increase nutrient absorption. In certain situations, it may help to use organic materials which can improve the health of your soil.

  • Read the label on the fertilizer bag and to know the exact size of your lawn. Do not estimate! Using too much fertilizer can harm your lawn and cost you more than you planned. Always follow the label instructions.

  • Before fertilizing your lawn or plants, always check that the kind of fertilizer you are using is eligible to be used in your jurisdiction. Similarly, that the amount to apply is within the set city guidelines. Professional, licensed lawn care companies must follow, provincial, local, and federal regulations.

  • Fertilize trees and Shrubs, too. Most plants, trees, and shrubs will benefit from proper fertilization.

  • Control Weeds. Spring is a good time to apply pre-emergent weed control for stubborn weeds.

  • Make planting beds neat and tidy. Rake the old leaves and debris from plant beds and create neat, natural edges around the bed to create a layout for your garden.

  • Inspect your irrigation system. Once the weather has warmed up for the year, turn on your irrigation system and inspect it to see if it is in working condition. If you have a landscape or irrigation company, they can do this for you.

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