Year-Round Landscaping Calendar – Forbes Advisor
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With a little organization, any complicated task becomes clearer and easier. Take landscaping, for example. Creating a to-do list of all of the tasks necessary to keep your yard and yard in good shape can be a bit overwhelming. We have put together this handy landscape calendar to keep you on the right track all year round.
Overview of seasonal landscaping
Each season has a different focus, with timely, one-off tasks that are easy to forget or postpone until it’s too late. Complete these points on time and then you can forget about them for another year.
In cold climates, your landscape can be covered in snow and ice for most of winter. Even if you probably won’t be doing a lot of outdoor work, this is the perfect time to prepare for the year ahead. Take this time to repair or replace worn tools, finalize plans, and order necessary materials for large projects such as new garden beds, paths, or new storage sheds.
After a sedentary winter, spring often begins with an abundance of activities. It’s time to clean up any leftover garden waste from fall and winter and prepare for the new growing season. Deep prune overgrown hedges to regain the view. Prepare garden beds. Plant your vegetable garden and some annual flowers for summer color.
By summer, your annual vegetables and flowers should be well established. If you’ve trimmed the hedges heavily in late winter, all you have to do is pinch a branch here and there to make them look nice. Spend this season grooming: weeding, watering, mowing and composting. Invite some friends over for a BBQ and garden play, and show off your hard work .. After you’ve picked the early vegetables, plant more for a fall harvest.
Prepare your landscape for a much-needed, nourishing rest. Autumn is the time to plant new trees and bushes and to re-sow grasses of the cool season. Mulch or clean up fallen leaves. Prepare protection against the cold such as tree wraps, frost blankets, row covers or cloches so that they can be installed immediately if necessary. Get your winter gear ready to go.
Monthly landscape calendar
Use this landscaping calendar as a guide for planning your monthly maintenance. The exact timing will not be suitable for all areas of the country. Postpone each of the tasks a month earlier or later to suit the growing conditions in your climate and landscape.
- Sketch new garden beds and other outdoor projects for the coming year. Create lists of offers and search for sources.
- Order seeds and seed starter supplies.
- Clean and sharpen all garden tools. Service the motors on power devices.
- Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches and to create a strong branch structure in young trees. At this point, don’t aggressively prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs.
- Chop or shred the cut material and make a new compost heap.
- Start sowing indoors so that hardy flowers and vegetables are planted in the spring.
- Prepare houseplants to move around outdoors.
- Cut hedges deeply before new growth appears.
- Cut back ornamental grasses and old shrubs before new shoots begin. Compost the debris.
- Prepare planting beds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Apply a 1 to 3 inch layer of compost and work it into the top 3 inches of soil.
- For the cool season, plant vegetable and flower seedlings a few weeks before the last frost date in your area.
- Apply weed repellants to established lawns that will not be littered.
- Remove fallen leaves that may have accumulated in various pockets in the landscape. Chop them up and add them to the compost heap.
- Cut the lawn for the first time. Warm season grasses should be mowed a notch deeper than normal and the clippings should be bagged to remove dead leaves. In areas with severe winters, rake and then mow the lawn after the snow has melted.
- Fertilize trees, shrubs, grapevines, and shrubs after the foliage has risen.
- Once the new growth appears, divide and plant perennials that bloom from midsummer through fall, such as daylilies, black-eyed susans, sedums, and asters.
- Repair bald spots in the lawn with grass seeds or turf.
- Start curing plants in the warm season that are indoors, gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions. First in a shady spot for just an hour or two and finally to their final garden location.
- In the warm season, plant annuals, vegetables and bulbs in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.
- Prune back spring-flowering shrubs such as azaleas, forsythias, and lilacs immediately after flowering as needed.
- Clean up water features such as fountains, ponds, and water gardens.
- Plant new lawns for the warm season.
- Check the growth of climbing plants. Tie them to their stakes, trellises, or other supports as needed.
- Mulch garden and landscaping beds as needed to create an even layer two to three inches.
- Look out for damage from insects and diseases. Apply preventative treatments to stave off recurring problems.
- Feed container gardens and flower beds with a water-soluble fertilizer weekly throughout the season to keep them looking their best.
- Conduct a weekly inspection to find and remove weeds before they have a chance to take over.
- If it hasn’t rained, turn on the sprinklers. Lawns, gardens, and landscaping plants work best when given an inch of water from rain and irrigation every week.
- Stay up to date with preventative maintenance. Watch out for pests and diseases throughout the landscape. Pull out any weeds as they appear. If you need to spray to control insects or plant diseases, avoid doing it during the hottest time of the day to reduce the risk of leaf damage.
- Cut summer-flowering trees and shrubs as needed after flowering.
- Slightly prune back hedges one last time if necessary.
- Divide and replant flowering perennials in spring and early summer after they have bloomed.
- Remove dead flowers from annual plants to encourage continued flowering.
- After harvesting the early vegetables, plant more for an autumn harvest.
- Prepare houseplants to move around the house. Prune or repot as needed. Treat insects if necessary.
- Re-sowing or replanting lawns in the cool season.
- Remove summer annuals and replace them with cool season species.
- Bring indoor plants into the house before it gets frosty.
- Plant trees, bushes and vines.
- Plant spring flowers.
- If necessary, continue watering regularly until the landscape rests.
- Continue mowing the lawn as needed. When leaves start to fall, use the mower to mulch them into the lawn.
- Collect and compost fallen leaves when there is too much to mow into the lawn.
- Clean rain gutters and downpipes.
- Mulch garden and landscaping beds as needed to protect the roots and keep the garden looking fresh.
- Clean and store garden tools and decorations for the winter.
- Prepare ice and snow removal equipment. Start the power supply to make sure it is in good condition. Buy plant-safe melt ice for the driveway and sidewalks.
- Clean and maintain the lawnmower before storing it for the winter. Clean the deck with high pressure. Apply paint to scratches and bare metal. Change oil and filter. Add stabilized fuel. Lubricate the bearings. Sharpen the blades. Remove the battery and place it on a trickle charger.
- Clean and store batteries for wireless power devices in an air-conditioned area. Lithium-ion batteries should be stored with a charge of 50%. Nickel-based batteries can be stored in any state of charge.
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