January Landscaping Tips
Happy New Year! With 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your landscape to look its best in the spring. While it is easy to hide away from the cold winter weather here in New York, be sure to spend some time in January knocking out some simple yard work- beyond taking down the decorations you put up for the holiday season.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few helpful suggestions:
Believe it or not, January usually has a few nice, sunny days that provide the perfect opportunity to work on your landscape. It is the ideal time to inspect flowering trees and shrubs for broken, diseased, or weak branches and carefully prune them out. It is also the ideal time to prune flowering trees for shape but be careful, pruning is a skill that takes years to learn! You can also trim your fruit-bearing plants to encourage new growth and fruit production.
There are a few things you can do in the flowerbed, too. We recommend gently turning the soil if the ground isn’t frozen or wet. This will expose any insect eggs and also can help break apart the dirt. You should reapply mulch around trees and shrubs to maintain a depth of 2 to 3 inches, and a bit more for newer or more sensitive plantings. Be sure not to pile mulch up against the trunk, though.
Now let’s talk about your lawn. Remove any leaves that blow into it, and make sure children don’t leave stray toys lying around. These can damage and even kill grass and ornamental plants.
Remember that planning ahead is a good idea if you want early spring installation, as landscape design professionals are swamped as soon as the weather starts to improve.
Give Turco Landscaping a call as early as you can to beat the crowd! Our number is 845-659-5673.