It’s almost that time of year! That time when the landscape of brown, dead grass and barren tree limbs transforms into a beautiful display of fresh budding leaves, pink and white flowers and healthy, renewed green grass. Spring is almost here! While we know spring won’t “officially” be here until March, it’s never too early to get your spring landscaping in place! By taking a few steps early in the season, you can help create a beautiful, healthy yard for the upcoming season.
This is a re-post of a blog we wrote in 2014. We updated some information and wanted to share it with our loyal readers.
With the weather in the Midwest taking a roller coaster ride this week, you may have done some planting on the warm days. Well now that the forecast calls for snow and freezing temperatures, we need to protect those plants!
Have you ever walked across a yard, and realized that there were tiny little dirt holes everywhere, not to mention questionable looking dirt plugs everywhere you step? That is the mark of an aerated yard. While aerating might look funny initially, it provides great benefits for those who need to jump start their yard work this spring, and provide optimum health for your front and back yards.
Benefits of Aerating your Yard
Aerating your yard provides several benefits. If you notice that your yard isn’t growing like it should, or doesn’t look as
healthy as it should be, consider aerating the soil. Especially if you have a regular fertilization program, water your yard, and take care of your lawn. This process pokes holes all throughout your yard to let oxygen and nutrients get down into the soil. Especially if you have an older home, often times yards can become compacted with dirt, compost, dead leaves, grass clippings and more. Instead of this providing nutrients to the soil, it can rest on top of the soil and invite insects, animals or unwanted creatures and diseases into your lawn. To prevent this problem, and to provide health for your soil, consider aerating your yard.
Aerating improves your Yard
Aearing your lawn will increase the oxygen flow throughout your soil. This will make your trees and plants healthier, as the roots will have more room to grow, too. You’ll see an increased growth in your grass, as the roots will now have more room to grow new grass seedlings. Your yard will also be able to withstand dry spurts when we have weeks upon weeks without rain.
Using color in your landscape can be challenging yet rewarding. You want things to compliment each other and flow together nicely. Adding some spice through color is a great way to improve or enhance an existing landscape design.
Using Color in Mulch
The use of a bold color in your mulch will bring life to what used to be boring wood chips. Bold colors in your mulch will also accent important areas of your lawn. First and foremost, we recommend using a dark mulch. A dark mulch will make any curbing or plants stand out. A dark mulch also provides the perfect accent to any type of landscape design, including flower beds or basic shrubs.
Choosing which colors can be difficult, so begin with a color scheme. Think about what colors would compliment the color of your house. That said, you don’t necessarily want to choose complementary colors- this is very different. For your flowers, try to use analogous colors which use hues next to each other on the color wheel. An example of this would be red, deep red, various pinks and maroon. While you’re sticking to a general theme, this is more playful than one solid color.
Colors in Your Plants
Besides dark mulch and bright flowers, plants can also have colorful bark patterns, leaves, fruit or fall colors. Many trees and shrubs offer richly colored leaves both during growing season and fall months. Depending on the climate you live in and your landscape design, plants can also offer beautiful colors and an added punch to your lawn.
Colors in Your Curbing
Custom curbing to accent your landscape design provides a very high quality finish to any lawn. By purchasing custom landscape curbing, colors can be mixed for the perfect final product.
Take pride in your landscape and add color this Spring. For more information, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape today and ask about our Spring Lawn Maintenance Special.