The Month of Love….ing to enjoy your Yard for Spring
It is officially February, and if you have lived in Southern Texas long enough you should be familiar with the fact that spring could be right around the corner. The last month brought us some cold temperatures, even a few freezing nights, but the days are getting warmer as the sun stays out a bit longer each day.
There is no better time than now to start getting your landscape ready for spring. This is also the beginning of another great planting season for new additions to your yard. Taking care of your yard now with weeding, pruning, and fertilizing will ensure a healthy and full landscape for the rest of the year. Our nursery experts have shared a few tips, tasks, and ideas for your landscape this month. Continue reading below…
With grass and plants starting to come back to life after a few cold months, it also means that weeds are going to start popping up. The sooner you can handle any weed infestation, the better. As weeds grow, they drop more seeds that will turn into their own weeds within days. We recommend taking care of them before they are even an issue. Using pre-emergent now will keep your yard free of weeds. Keeping weeds from showing up is important so that you aren’t spending the next few months pulling weeds while the temperatures soar into triple digits!
With everything in the landscape about to enter back into growing season, this is the right time to give those trees, shrubs, palms, and other plants a boost with an all-purpose fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries, like our SUPERCHARGED Moon Juice.
Our fertilizers are formulated to promote vigorous growth and can help your landscape recover from any stresses that may have occurred over the winter season. You can purchase our Moon Juice and other fertilizer products, such as our Landscape Soil Conditioner and Moon Royale Turf Fertilizer at all Moon Valley Nurseries locations.
We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for Texas soil and weather conditions.
As the temperature starts to slowly get higher, it is important to monitor your landscape for proper water usage. In the winter, cooler temperatures and less sunlight allow the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time, so watering schedules could be stretched out by a few days. Now that the sun is out longer, your soil may dry out faster, which means you will need to update your watering schedule.
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Good Rule of Thumb: Check the soil up to 3 inches deep. If it is dry, then it is time to water.
Luckily, we live in an area where it is planting season all year, depending on what you indent to plant! Winter is often a slower time of year for landscapes as most things go dormant. Over this time, many homeowners start to think about how to improve their yard.
Those landscape plans you have been saving for the spring can finally become a reality. Planting just before spring season is ideal because it will give your trees and shrubs plenty of time to establish their root system before the spring and summer months!
What to Plant before Spring Arrives
The Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ tree offers glossy green leaves and large and fragrant white blossoms that emerge from fall to winter that make this a standout tree in any landscape and fits most design styles. It can grow a wide-spreading canopy that provides plenty of shade so that you can relax outdoors in comfort. It does best with full sun exposure and has a slow-growth rate. Because it is smaller than most other Magnolia varieties, it can fit in tighter areas and smaller landscapes without any issue. An ideal lawn tree or street tree!
Known as the “mighty oak of the South”, the Live Oak tree, a Texas staple, is a clean evergreen shade tree with dense dark green foliage that can make plenty of shade in your yard. This is one of those trees that can create lifelong memories. It features strong limbs that can easily manage a tire swing or climbing for hours of fun. This hardy evergreen tolerates windy conditions and drought, too. We recommend getting a specimen Live Oak to get to truly enjoy your new oak tree the day it is planted!
The Camphor tree is a common, large evergreen shade tree that looks fantastic when planted on lawns or as curbside planting. Native to Japan and China, Camphor thrives in full sun and will require low water once established. Its drought tolerance makes it an excellent addition to any Southwestern landscape. In fact, this beauty thrives in humid areas such as southern Texas. The Camphor tree also produces fragrant yellow flowers that bloom profusely in late spring to add a gorgeous contrast of colors between the foliage and flowers. This low-maintenance tree is best for creating extra shade in your landscape and keeping the mosquitoes away!
The Eastern Redbud tree is also known as a Redbud or Judas tree. This tree is known for the year-round colorful foliage it produces and the beautiful rosy-pink blossoms that bloom in the spring season. the Eastern Redbud tree prefers full sun and partial shade exposure with low to moderate water use, once established. Relatively easy to grow, it has a moderate growth rate and makes for an ideal garden tree. This tree features unique and irregular branching patterns that add elegance anywhere on a landscape. Eastern Redbud is one medium-sized tree that will instantly create curb appeal!
The Peach tree is an easy growing, deciduous tree that grows small with a wide-spread dense canopy, full of foliage. It also produces colorful showy flowers throughout the spring season creating an attractive landscape. The beauty of this tree makes it perfect for any sized yard. The Peach tree thrives in an area that will give it full sun exposure and with regular fertilization, they can produce a bounty of fruit!
A great fruit option for Texas, the Plum trees are a popular addition to local yards. It should be planted somewhere that gets full or partial sun and benefits from fertilizer right before the new growth that starts in spring. Another cool feature of this tree that appears in the spring time is the abundance of white flowers that show up.
An Apricot tree is one of our favorite trees for Texas because of how easy it is to grow and how much sun it needs. It will need to be planted in a spot where it can receive full sun exposure. These trees can grow beautiful fragrant flowers, create great summer shade, and bring you tasty fruit right in your yard!
Moon Valley Difference
Moon Valley Nurseries is your one-stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have regarding trees, shrubs, design, and more! Come by and check out the amazing trees and deals we have to offer our Texas community.
For the best trees on Earth, Go straight to the Moon.