Spring Preparations in the Garden

Terry Childs

Landscaping


 

Garden Tools

Clean and sharpen as needed, repair or replace.

Vegetables

This is a perfect time to decide on the types of vegetable and/or herbs you want to grow this season. Remember you can plant these with your flowers and shrubs; you do not necessarily need a dedicated space.

Annuals and Perennials

There are so many choices. Take this early part of the season to decide what you want and what you can grow under your site conditions.

Trees and Shrubs

Before these leaf out, you should do any structural pruning and look for any damage not seen last fall, once the leaves are out many issues are hidden.

Lawns and Gardens

Can be worked on as soon as they are dry and frost free. Clean up from last fall and winter, trim plants as needed, cultivate the soil, weed out any perennial weeds as they start to develop, add compost or fertilizer to the gardens.

Lawns will benefit from a good raking, as well as aeration, fertilization and over seeding with a quality grass seed. If you’re struggling to grow plants in your garden, we can help with site assessments and soil sampling.

Patios and Walkways

Your patios and walkways should be inspected in the spring. Ensure they are stable and weed free. If needed, this is the perfect time to add new polymeric sand as needed to help keep the weed load as low as possible for the summer.

Decks and Other Wooden Structures

These should be inspected to note any weak or damaged wood or fasteners. If needed, have it replaced or repaired as soon as possible.

Ponds and Water

These features can be worked on as soon as they are unfrozen. This includes ensuring the hoses are not still frozen.

You should remove any netting you put in place to keep leaves and other debris from entering the pond and then remove as much of the leaves and sticks from the bottom.

If there is a heavy load of leaves/sticks, drain the pond. You can remove debris by hand and then either pressure wash (use a hose to clean out as much sludge as possible), or use a debris pump to pump out the dirty water. This water can be used on gardens.

This is a perfect time to adjust any rocks that may have shifted since last spring and remove/reduce any overgrown plants and readjust or add lighting to the pond. Once you have refilled the pond, you should test your pump and ensure any stream is flowing correctly.

Selecting a Landscape Contractor

As with most home improvements, it is very important to choose the professionals that can do the job to industry standards and assure your investment will last as long as possible.

• Ensure they have Liability Insurance and are fully covered by WSIB.

• Do they have qualified Horticulturists/ Landscapers on staff?

• Do they have ICPI & NCMA certified Interlock and Retaining Wall installers

• Are they a member of Landscape Ontario – www.landscapeontario.com

• Are they recommended by the manufacturer?

• Unilock have Authorized Contractors www.unilock.com

 
 
This is a perfect time to decide on the types of vegetable and/or herbs you want to grow this season. Remember you can plant these with your flowers and shrubs; you do not necessarily need a dedicated space.

This is a perfect time to decide on the types of vegetable and/or herbs you want to grow this season. Remember you can plant these with your flowers and shrubs; you do not necessarily need a dedicated space.

 
 
 
 

Nature’s Way Landscaping
698 Station Road
613.382.1207
www.natureswaylandscaping.net