How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Spring with Kilgore Landscape Center

Sunshine's peeking through, birds are chirping, and the urge to ditch the indoors is calling! Ditch the winter blues and prep your backyard for spring fun. Whether you're a green thumb, grill master, or just love chilling outdoors, a little spring cleaning goes a long way. We at Kilgore Landscape Center are more than ready for the Spring of 2024.

Imagine yourself sinking into a hammock and smelling the fresh-cut grass. Picture laughing as you grill up burgers with friends. Think of the beautiful Utah sunsets painting the sky with orange and gold. Or envision yourself picking fresh tomatoes from your garden. These are just a few of the things we’re excited about this Spring. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at what we need to do to get our backyards in shape this spring. Here's your landscaper-approved guide to getting your backyard ready this spring:

Phase 1: Planning & Prep (February):

  • Mark Your Calendar: Find your zone's average last frost date to plan outdoor planting. Consider using frost blankets or row covers to protect young plants from late frosts and extend the growing season.
  • Soil: Get the inside scoop on your soil! Purchase a test kit or schedule a professional analysis. Knowing your pH and nutrients helps you choose the perfect soil landscaping products like mulch for thriving plants.
  • Seed Starts: It's seed-sowing season for cool-season veggies like lettuce, spinach, and kale! Start seeds indoors or in a greenhouse to give them a head start before transplanting them into your garden beds once the weather warms up.
  • Design & Dream: Sketch your dream garden! Visit Kilgore’s Instagram for design ideas and let our professional-grade materials help you bring your vision to life, whether you're creating raised beds, pathways, or decorative features.

Phase 2: Clean Up & Refresh (March):

  • Tidy Up: Grab your rake and gloves! Remove debris from your garden beds and lawn to let sunlight reach the soil and promote healthy growth. Clearing away fallen leaves, dead plants, and other debris also helps prevent pests and diseases from taking hold in your garden.
  • Prune: Time to prune dormant trees and shrubs! Pruning encourages new growth and improves the overall health and appearance of your landscape, promoting better air circulation and sunlight penetration. Use sharp, clean pruning tools and follow proper pruning techniques to make clean cuts and minimize stress on the plants. Remove any crossing or rubbing branches to prevent damage and encourage a strong, well-balanced canopy.
  • Mulch: Apply a fresh layer of organic mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature for optimal spring growth. Choose from Kilgore Landscape Center’s wide variety of mulches and soil landscaping products at Kilgore even Nutri-Mulch.

Phase 3: Planting & Bloom (April & Beyond):

  • Seeding: With the last frost gone, sow your cool-season annuals outdoors! Plant warm-season veggies like tomatoes and peppers later, once frost danger has passed. Consider using row covers or cloches to protect tender seedlings from unexpected late frosts and ensure a successful transition to the outdoor environment. Water newly planted seeds and seedlings regularly to keep the soil moist and promote healthy germination and growth.
  • Transplantation: Carefully move your pre-grown seedlings from indoors to your garden beds. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the seedling and gently loosen the roots before placing it in the soil at the same depth as it was in the container. Water the transplanted seedlings thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots and provide essential moisture for establishment.
  • Blooming Beauties: Add bursts of color with early-blooming perennials and biennials like pansies and violas. Choose a variety of colors and textures to create eye-catching displays and add visual interest to your landscape. Plant pansies and violas in well-drained soil and provide them with regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist. Try soil landscaping products to ensure healthy soil that will promote plant health.

Phase 4: Hardscaping & Outdoor Living (May & June):

  • Create Entertaining Spaces: Install a new patio or extend your outdoor living area with pavers, bricks, or natural stone from Kilgore Landscape Center. Whether you're hosting barbecues or relaxing with family, a well-designed patio provides the perfect setting for outdoor enjoyment.
  • Build Retaining Walls: Level sloped areas of your yard and create terraced gardens or seating areas using retaining wall blocks or natural stone from Kilgore. These versatile materials not only add visual interest but also provide structural support for your landscaping.
  • Install Decorative Features: Enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space with decorative features such as water fountains, fire pits, or garden sculptures. Kilgore’s Landscape Center offers a variety of materials and products to help you create a unique and inviting outdoor environment.

Phase 5: Maintenance & Upkeep (Year-Round):

  • Regular Care: Keep your yard looking its best year-round with regular maintenance tasks such as mowing, watering, and weeding. Kilgore Landscape Center offers a range of soil landscaping products and tools to help you maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn.
  • Seasonal Updates: Update your landscaping with seasonal plants and flowers to add color and interest to your yard throughout the year. Visit local nurseries for a wide selection of annuals, perennials, and seasonal decor to keep your yard looking fresh and inviting.
  • Pavement Protection: Preserve the integrity of your driveway and paved surfaces with pavement preservation products from Kilgore Landscape Center. From seal coats to chip seal emulsions, these products help protect against water damage and extend the lifespan of your pavement.

With Kilgore's high-quality products and expert advice, you can create a dream backyard that you'll love spending time in for seasons to come!

Don't wait for peak spring! Prep your yard now and reap the benefits. Get a head start on healthy plant growth by testing your soil and choosing amendments early. Avoid the spring rush by securing materials and services when demand is lower. Enjoy milder February weather for comfortable chores like pruning and mulching. Prevent problems later by removing debris and applying weed control now. Jumpstart your spring excitement and see your hard work pay off when the warm days arrive. Embrace sustainability by choosing native plants, organic materials, and water-efficient solutions. Take small steps now and create your dream spring backyard!

Kilgore Landscape Center is a company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that offers rockscaping materials, asphalt, and soil landscaping products. They also offer a range of landscaping products and services, including concrete cart tow behind carts and rockscaping materials.