Spring Landscaping: Seasonal Planting Tips for Homeowners
Spring is upon us, and it is time for New York homeowners, gardeners and landscapers to start planning and planting! Successful springtime planting depends on picking the right plants for the light and soil conditions available. There are many factors to consider when choosing the plants that will adorn your lawn or garden, but these expert landscaping tips will help guide you to the garden of your dreams!
The type of soil you have in your garden goes a long way in determining the types of plants that will thrive in the spring. There are six main types of soil texture, all of which work for different shrubs, grasses, trees and flowers.
Sandy soil works well for bulbs and root crops, but it holds little water or nutrients and needs to be fertilized and mulched often. Clay soil is great for fruit and ornamental trees, but it drains very poorly and dries hard. Silty soils are ideal for vegetables and fruits, but drainage can also become an issue.
Peaty soil is good for legumes and shrubs, but it needs drainage, nutrients and a pH boost to reduce acidity. Chalky soils are great for bulbs, shrubs and trees, but they need a pH balance and additives to improve water retention. Loamy soil is the most fertile and productive and boasts the perfect level of drainage. This type of soil is the one we recommend most often for a lush garden that adds major curb appeal.
Besides texture, you will need to consider the slope of the soil and the space available for roots. The stability of the soil also affects water retention. This, in turn, determines the risk of mold, fungi, drought, insects and other pests.
If you plan to plant near the sidewalk or driveway, consider how de-icing measures could contaminate the soil. If you want to plant near woodlands, be prepared to deal with furry and feathered visitors that may step on or nibble your newly planted flowers.
Light and Climate
Light quality is a crucial factor in successful landscaping. Some plants only thrive in full sun, with at least six hours of sunlight each day. Others do well in the partial sun, shade and deep shade that is more common in urban areas.
Climate should be your final consideration. Choose plants that thrive in a temperate climate. Others need more rain or sun than our climate can provide, making them less likely to survive.
Follow these simple tips, and your springtime planting and landscaping will be a stunning horticultural success!
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