Seasonal Landscape and Lawn Care – Markham Maintenance Tips

To keep your landscape looking its best throughout every season of the year in Ontario requires a little effort on your part. Just as you have different clothes and accessories for different parts of the year, your landscape needs to be prepared for each season in order to look stylish and stay healthy.

Spring Landscaping Tips

Spring is the season to shake off the winter blahs and inject some life into your landscape. Your lawn and ornamentals will start to green up on their own, but you can give them a balanced fertilizer or compost application to encourage new growth. Wait until hard freezes are over and there are signs of life before you fertilize.

Start planting in spring for summer colour. Whether you like to plant new annuals each year for splashes of colour or perennials that will bloom year after year, this is a good time to get them established. Improve the soil structure of the planting bed with compost and your plants will reward you when blooming season starts.

Summer is for Maintenance and Construction

You probably don’t want to start a lawn renovation or new planting bed project in the middle of summer. Keep up with your lawn mowing, monitor your ornamentals and enjoy the nice weather. New planting projects will be more successful if you wait until fall.

If you have a landscape construction project in mind, summer is a good time to do the work. If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, start early in the summer. You’ll have plenty of weekends free to work without the pressure of cold weather arriving. Get started on that interlocking paver patio, brick walkway or ornamental wood fence.

Fall is for Planting

Fall is the best time to plant new shrubs and trees in your yard. Their root systems have a chance to get established before warm weather causes new branches and leaves to grow.

If your lawn has thin or bare spots or did not look lush and green during the summer, this is the time to renovate it. Aerate and dethatch your lawn and spread a thin topdressing of screened compost. Reseed bare spots and apply a low nitrogen fertilizer. For professional lawn care, Markham has The Gardener, landscape maintenance experts.

Winter Landscaping

Winter is a season of gray and brown, but you can still work on your landscape. Early winter is a good time to prune trees and shrubs, except for spring flowering ornamentals; you should wait until after they flower. If you have tall ornamental grasses, leave the brown foliage in place. It will contrast against the snow and can be cut back in late winter just before new growth.

Use landscape lighting, art or sculpture to keep your yard interesting during winter. Consider installing a bird feeder or two. It provides something else of interest in the landscape and helps out your feathered friends.

If you don’t want to do hard winter chores like snow removal, Markham has maintenance companies to make your lawn and landscape care easier. There is nothing wrong with only working in your yard when the weather is pleasant and the tasks are easy!

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