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winter-to-spring-300x224Though the month of February has been known to have chilly – or downright cold – days, particularly early in the month, the increasingly longer days mean that spring will be here in Dallas before you know it. As we enter the final weeks of winter, here are a few things you can do to start preparing your yard for the transition from winter to spring.
 
Add Color with Hardy Flowers
 
The warming weather of late winter in North Texas can make any outdoor or flower lover start longing for the bright colors and beautiful flowers of spring. If you can’t wait for your bulbs to come up or for the threat of a final frost to plant your spring flowers, there are a few options that you can plant now that will be hardy enough to withstand a cold snap bring an early burst of spring color to your yard. Pansies are a popular option in North Texas – you’ll see them all over the Dallas area from late fall through spring – as they’re tough yet beautiful and available in a variety of color choices.
 
Plant Last-Minute Spring Bulbs
 
Speaking of spring flowers, now may be the last opportunity for procrastinators to get their spring bulbs planted. While many bulbs need to be in the ground by fall in order to be ready to add their attractive colors to flowerbeds by spring, mild North Texas winters mean that a few types of bulbs, such as tulip and daffodil varieties suited to warmer climates, may be able to be planted as late as the first few weeks of February. Just be sure to get them planted as quickly as possible!
 
Prune Trees and Shrubs
 
When it comes to the “best” time to prune your trees and shrubs, the answer lies in what you’re trying to accomplish; dead, diseased branches should be cut back or removed as soon as possible. But if you want to encourage fresh and vibrant new growth, late winter is optimal for trimming and pruning for a number of reasons. For one, the leaves have fallen off any deciduous trees, making it easier to see exactly what needs to be cut back. Plus, it helps ensure that you’re not cutting off any new growth. Most importantly, it helps give new growth the best chance to thrive, since it will be in its early growing stages (when it’s most vulnerable to weather) in the gently warming weather of spring.
 
Wait to Mow
 
While cutting back branches on your trees and shrubs can help spur new growth, the same does not hold true for mowing brown, dried grass. If you haven’t had actively growing grass that required mowing through the winter, wait until the new green growth starts coming through before you start mowing the lawn in preparation for spring. Otherwise, mowing the brown grass risks leaving your turf unprotected and vulnerable if a late winter cold snap moves through.
 
Are you ready to turn your yard into a work of art this spring? The time to get started is now. Contact the landscape design professionals at Scapes, Inc., and our experts will create landscaping and outdoor living solutions that you can enjoy as the weather begins to warm – and throughout the entire year.

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