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The Best Landscaping Chores to Do at the End of Winter

by Ryan Wright

With all the growing your yard does during the warmer seasons of each year, there needs to be a time set aside to straighten up and refresh tired areas. The end of winter is the best time to do many routine chores to better your yard. Here are some of the best landscaping improvements that are often delayed until Spring, but which are more effective when handled in late winter.


Many plants need to be trained and trimmed to grow properly and achieve an attractive shape. If they grow too much on one side, this can cause the plant to split. Some fruit bearing trees need pruning to be able to make fruit the coming season. If the tree in not shaped right or you wait too long after the season warms up, the fruit can break the tree due to its weight. This can cause disease to set in and you can lose your fruit tree. Make sure your plants are pruned properly at the end of winter while they're still dormant and before buds open or leaves emerge.

Soil Testing

Your soil type depends on where you live and environmental influences on your property. In order to understand these values and improve both turf and bed areas, you need to have the soil tested. It requires you to take soil samples from different places in your yard and send then in to a local county soil testing service. It takes a few weeks or months for the result to return, so doing it in late winter will put you ahead in the spring. The results will tell you where the best places to plant are and where you need to enrich the soil by the time it thaws and it's ready for mixing.

Enriching Soil

Most houses are build on subsoil that is low in nutrients because the topsoil was removed during grading. It is hard to get most landscaping and garden plants to grow in subsoil. In the winter, the soil is bare and easy to work with. Late winter temperatures are warm enough so that soil can be tilled easily and allowed to rest before it is planted in the spring.

Debris Removal

Plants produce leaves and debris that can clutter the look of your yard. It is easier to see what to trim off without all the leaves on the trees or shrubs. When you remove these materials, your yard will have a cleaner look. Toss the debris in a compost heap to create mulch for the next season. Removing the leaves and twigs also make the plants healthier and prevents the spread of disease. Whether you do the work yourself or let a landscaping company like W.H. Boyer, Inc. handle it, you'll have a more beautiful spring yard.