Recommendations to Improve Your Landscaping with the Right Pruning and Soil Maintenance

Your yard and its landscaping have begun to emerge from winter's hibernation as your plants begin to grow and come alive after being dormant all winter. As you prepare your yard for summer by maintaining your plants and their landscaped areas, make sure you take into consideration the soil and its condition along with the need for pruning and trimming vegetation. Here are some recommendations for spring yard care to get your landscaping design in shape for the new growing season.

Maintain Bedding Areas

The areas of soil around your trees, shrubbery, and other vegetation needs to be cleaned up and cared for after winter weather so it provides an optimal environment for your plants to grow. Clean up any weeds from the soil around your vegetation, especially newly planted trees that need to be protected against other vegetation taking essential nutrients from them.

If you have mulch placed over the soil surrounding your planted bedding areas, make sure the mulch does not reach the base of your plants and trees. Mulch that is touching the bottom of your plants can harbor moisture and pests and cause disease. Leave a cleared area several inches wide around your vegetation and trees. Supplement any thinning mulch covering with a new application of mulch, which you can buy bagged or in bulk, depending on your needs. This maintenance will make your bedding areas look attractive and nice while providing for the health of your vegetation.

Trim and Prune Trees and Vegetation

The growth of your trees and vine plants in the early spring will likely be thick and in need of a trim to keep it an attractive part of your landscaping. If you have vine plants, such as grapes, Virginia creeper, or clematis, you should use some basic rules to trim them back. Always trim off any dead or dying vines and remove the entire length of the vine so you don't leave a stub on the plant. A stub can put your plant at risk of insect or disease problems. Also, trim off vines that are excessively tangly or are growing way off from the main vine stem, such as into a nearby bush or tree or into your lawn.

If you are trimming back grapevine canes for better fruit production, trim back vine canes older than two years because they no longer produce fruit. Then, trim off canes that are growing in the direction that you don't want the plant to grow. 

For more information or for assistance, contact a landscape design company such as Diamond Lawn Care & Landscape LLC.