New Jersey is called the garden state for it’s abundance of produce farms and flower gardens. The weather is varied enough between seasons to enable successful farming of vast varieties of fruits and vegetables. The soil is rich with nutrients for successful growing. Preparing for each season will guarantee successful landscaping. The winter is a time of dormancy for the plants in a yard and garden. But this does not mean that you can’t do some landscaping during the winter months. Let me tell you about 3 ways to get a head start in the Winter on your New Jersey landscaping Spring care.
One of the most important things is to do basic maintenance on your property throughout the Winter months as long as it is safe to do so. Make sure any vegetable or flower gardens are cleaned out. This means to remove all dead leaves, vines, and branches from the plants and the ground itself. Piles of dead plants and plant parts is not natural compost for your garden unless it is turned into the soil. It is important to keep the areas well tended to prevent the development of mold and fungus in the garden. The build up of fungi and mold can be detrimental to the plants in the garden.
Second, pruning bushes and trees later in the winter before there are any new buds will give them a fresh start for the Spring. Think of it as getting a trim much like you do your hair. Snipping off the dry ends allows for stronger, healthier growth in the future. Removing snow from tree and plant branches helps prevent breakage throughout the Winter. Make sure to brush the snow off in an upward movement to prevent breaking any branches. If any ice should form, do not try to break it off. Again this is to prevent breaking any branches. The ice will melt even in temperatures below freezing and should be allowed to do so on its own.
Finally, probably the best way to prepare your Spring landscaping is to make a plan of what you want to replace, move, and add to the landscaping of your property. You can start any seeds inside so plants will be ready to put in the ground when the time is right. Take a walk around your property recording what is growing where and even take some pictures. Are any repairs needed on stone walls or fences? Does the drainage system look intact?
Now is the time to take an inventory of your tools that will be needed once landscaping and gardening begin. Make sure all the blades are sharp and rust free. Check the belts, wheels, and handles on all equipment. There is usually a few days where the weather is warm enough to do some quick maintenance. This will enable you to sit down in the warmth and comfort of your home and determine what needs to be done to create a beautifully landscaped yard and garden to enjoy come Spring.