Planning ahead is always a good idea. Even if you have an established garden you need to be thinking of maintenance and care issues now so that your garden will continue to be appealing and add value to your property.

Here are six maintenance issues that should be taken care of now to ensure your garden shows it’s best this spring.

  1. Check large trees for damage: Special concerns are deadwood and structural defects. You don’t want dead limbs or even whole trees falling on your or your neighbors house. This should be done routinely every year but is more important this year especially on the East coast of the US due to the recent damage caused by hurricane Irene.
  2. Prune now for function: Remove deadwood and prune trees and shrubs away from houses, pools and driveways.
  3. Stop ticks: Now through November is the prime time to control ticks with targeted spray treatments.
  4. Treat for destructive pests: Spider Mites, Hemlock Adelgid and Spruce Gall Adelgid are treated now through October. If Birch Leaf Miner, Lace Bugs or Aphids struck last spring, get a Merit injection now for control next season.
  5. Lawn maintenance: If your lawn struggles through summer, renovate your lawn through aeration and seeding. Taking action now will get your lawn in prime condition for spring.
  6. Fertilize: Help trees, shrubs and other plants stressed by summer. Give them fertilizer to build up their reserves for the next growing season.

Basic garden maintenance done quarterly goes a long way to ensuring your garden stays in great shape. It’s easy to do, doesn’t take long and is much cheaper than getting a landscaping company in on a maintenance schedule.

Doing it yourself also gives you a great sense of achievement and personal pride in your garden.