After being cooped inside all winter, nothing beats the fresh air of Springtime in New York and Connecticut. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone’s itching to get outside. Which means it’s the ideal time to start planning how you’re going to impress your neighbors with a one-of-a-kind outdoor landscape. And the best way to get instant curb appeal to your outdoor space is by displaying a stunning front yard garden.
There are plenty of great flowers and landscape options to consider when you’re getting ready to create a signature front yard garden, but the key is to have a plan. That’s why we’ve put together these helpful tips on how to keep a beautiful garden all Spring and Summer long.
Clean Your Garden
Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to your home, it applies to your garden as well. During the fall and winter, it’s typical to find and clean out leaves, snow, and other debris that may have found its way into your yard. You will also want to remove any weeds and prune the plants that survived the winter. The earlier the better, as you may already be seeing plants coming out of the ground and you don’t want to damage them.
Take Extra Care of Your Soil
During the winter, your soil likely has dried out, so now it’s time to add some manure or compost to add some moisture. First, we recommend clearing out any weeds that you see and then adding fresh compost or manure to your soil. Wait a few weeks before planting so your soil is in ideal condition to house your plantings.
Plant Flowers Full of Color and Fragrance
When creating a garden that will compliment your beautiful home, planting flowers that look great and smell even better are the key. Here are some of our favorite choices that are perfect for planting in the Spring and to add stunning texture to your outdoor landscape.
Knock Out Roses – A must-have flower for any high-end garden due to its gorgeous pink and red color.
Encore Azalea – A great Azalea hybrid that blooms a pretty pink, white, purple or red in the Spring.
Korean Spice Viburnum – One of the most popular shrubs, thanks to its pink buds and spice cake scent.
“Ballerina” Tulip – A very elegant flower that has a bright orange shade and will be the highlight of any garden.
To get a full list of some of your best planting options, check out our 25 best foundation plantings for more inspiration.
Keep it Beautiful
As much as you’d like them to, your garden won’t keep its good looks if you don’t take care of it. This is probably the most important thing you could do to keep your garden fresh and make sure your neighbors continue to ask you, “how do you keep your garden looking so good?” Spring is the perfect time to add mulch to your garden to help prevent weeds and to help with water retention. You’ll also want to water deeply every 3-5 days.
Neave has everything you need to create and maintain your garden all year long
Our landscaping experts can help you get the garden and outdoor landscape you always imagined coming home to. With over 44 years of experience, we can help you discuss all your options for planting a beautiful garden, including shrubs, trees, grasses, perennials, and more.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.