5 Reasons to Get a Head Start on Spring Landscaping

man in jeans digging a hole with a shovel for a pink flowering bush in a potSpring is considered a time of birth and renewal. This time is also when people are motivated to spring clean. Late March through April is often the time apartment communities look to add color to their commercial landscaping.

Unlike many parts of the US, our winters in North Texas are typically milder. The tame winters allow not only an early start on spring planting but also for the year-round planting of sod, trees, shrubs, and flowers. We encourage our customers to take advantage of the mild winter and start planting their spring flowers, shrubs, vines, and trees early to beat the rush we get in April. By starting early, you’re likely to get your project done promptly and on-time. While everyone else is scrambling, you can relax, and your tenants can enjoy their beautiful landscape. If that isn’t reason enough to get started on your spring landscaping project, here are some other reasons to consider.

Take Advantage of Plants That Hold Their Foliage

In the winter, most plants go into a dormancy stage where they stop growing and using energy. Dormancy protects plant cells against cooler temperatures and frost. The result is often barren branches and brown, wilted leaves. If not for dormancy, frost can melt and destroy the water-and nutrient-carrying plant cells, potentially causing death.

When you think of plants with year-round foliage, you may think of pine trees. However, other trees and shrubs like dusty miller, oaks, and Italian stone pine look great all year. With oaks, they can appear to have foliage year-round as their old, brown leaves fall off and are replaced with new, green ones. Similarly, some flowers like violas thrive and bloom in winter.

Give Time for Roots to Get Established

Our relatively mild winters, before you know, will turn into hot, humid summers. Texas summers can be harsh on plants as well. When you plant trees, shrubs, bushes, vines, or flowers in the winter, their roots will have more time to develop and get established. This allows the plants to be heartier and better equipped to thrive in the brutal heat of Texas summers.

Enjoy Colorful Winter Flowers

Not all flowering plants bloom in the spring and summer. Popular (and colorful) flowers such as pansies, violas, marigolds, petunias, and snapdragons are hardy enough to withstand the occasional frost of North Texas winters. There are trees, sod, and shrubs you can plant now in winter that will flourish in frosty evenings and the sizzling summer heat. Again, with mild winters, you can grow your vegetation year-round for continual color.

Better Time for Hardscaping

Are you thinking of installing walkways, barriers, or planters? Winter is the best time to install these items into your property. During the winter, many plants, trees, bushes, and shrubs are dormant. It is easier to plan, install, and maneuver hardscape elements around barren or thinned-out plants, trees, and shrubs in a way that causes little disruption to the current landscape.

Beat the Spring Rush With a Warranty

One hesitation customers have about planting in the winter is the potential of a freeze destroying new plants. Some plants are more sensitive and vulnerable to cold than others. At EarthWorks, our professional landscapers are knowledgeable in a variety of flowers, shrubs, vines, and trees. We know which plants will flourish year-round and which ones will have a hard time in cold and hot temperatures.

To back up our quality service and work, EarthWorks offers a unique warranty on our commercial landscaping services. We offer a one-year warranty on labor and materials for those properties that we maintain, so no need to worry.  You have invested in improving your property, and we want to support your investment. This means the threat of frost won’t postpone your landscaping renovation.

Don’t just budget your spring planting in April. Think about planting now to prevent any landscape project delays and beat the spring planting rush. To get a head start on your spring planting project, contact us today to speak to one of our landscaping specialists.

 

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