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Spring Tips for your Landscape and Garden

Updated: May 6

Spring in Maine, with its unique climate and natural beauty, presents a perfect opportunity to enhance your landscape and prepare your garden for the coming months. Here are some professional tips to get your outdoor space spring-ready:

  1. Clean Up Your Yard: Begin by clearing away winter debris such as fallen branches, leaves, and any remnants of last year's plants. This not only tidies up your space but also prevents pests and diseases from carrying over into the new season.

  2. Soil Preparation: After the thaw, test your soil's pH and nutrient levels. Maine's soil can vary greatly, so it’s crucial to know what you're working with. Amend your soil based on the test results to provide the best foundation for your plants. Adding organic matter like compost can improve soil structure and nutrition.

  3. Prune Shrubs and Trees: Early spring, before new growth starts, is the ideal time to prune most shrubs and trees. It helps to remove any damaged or diseased branches and shapes the plant for healthier growth. However, wait to prune spring-blooming shrubs until after they've flowered.

  4. Plan Your Planting: Choose native plants and those well-suited to Maine's climate. Consider planting in layers—from ground cover to shrubs to trees—to create a more dynamic and wildlife-friendly garden. Early spring is also a good time to divide and replant perennials.

  5. Lawn Care: Rake your lawn to remove thatch, aerate if necessary to relieve compaction, and overseed bare spots. Early spring is also the right time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent crabgrass and other weeds.

  6. Mulching: Apply a fresh layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and in garden beds. Mulch conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, and gives your landscape a clean, finished appearance. Be careful not to pile mulch against the trunks of trees or plant stems, as this can encourage rot.

  7. Early Planting: For vegetable gardens, start with cool-season crops like peas, lettuce, and spinach, which can handle Maine's cooler early spring temperatures. Use frost covers if a late frost is expected.

  8. Irrigation System Check: Inspect your irrigation system for any damages that may have occurred over the winter. Early detection and repair can save water and prevent plant losses.

  9. Wildlife Considerations: Incorporate plants that provide food and shelter for birds, bees, and other wildlife. Consider setting up birdhouses or a water feature to attract more wildlife to your garden.

  10. Stay Frost-Aware: Maine's spring can be unpredictable, with late frosts posing a threat to tender plants. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and be prepared to cover sensitive plants if necessary.

Remember, patience is key in spring. Allow the soil to dry out and warm up before working it too much, to avoid compaction and damage to soil structure. If you're planning larger projects or need specific advice, contact Alexander's Professional Landscaping. We're here to help make your spring landscaping endeavors successful and enjoyable.

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