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Year-Round Tips for Guaranteed Grass

While Kansas City is in the middle of record breaking heat this summer, you may be wondering if your lawn will ever recover from these hot, dry conditions. Even with extreme weather you can have a beautiful, lush lawn but it requires some planning. The good news: Heinen can help. Heinen knows that the unpredictable weather in Kansas City can make it difficult to keep up with your lawn. But with the Guaranteed Grass® program from Heinen Landscape, the lawn of your dreams starts may be closer than you think! Following are a Guaranteed Grass tips from Heinen’s turf pros!

Summer – Water wisely:To help your lawn be its greenest, and to avoid damage from over or under-watering, consider having the irrigation professionals at Heinen Landscape & Irrigation install an underground automatic sprinkler system. Weekends spent lugging the hose around the yard will be a thing of the past and your lawn will stay hydrated and healthy.

Your irrigation system is not complete without a state-of-the-art control system from our partners at Rachio. As a leader in residential irrigation technology, the Rachio Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Controllerprovides homeowners with fingertip control of their home sprinkler systems – direct from their mobile devices!

Fall – Overseeding: The cool fall temperatures in Kansas City make for the best time to plant new
grass seed. The professionals at Heinen Landscape will test your soil to ensure it is healthy enough to grow new grass, then lay down only the highest-quality and most reliable grass seed. Follow-up visits from the Heinen turf maintenance team will ensure new growth prospers – removing sun-blocking leaves and watching for signs of turf mold, insects and other threats to your healthy lawn.

Winter – Give your irrigation system a break: To prevent costly repairs and maintenance in the spring, it is best to have your irrigation system shut down before the first freeze. This ensures your pipes won’t break once the ground temperature drops below freezing. Winterizing our sprinkler system is a process that consists of allowing water lines to drain and then blowing out any remaining water with an air compressor. Heinen’s Irrigation professionals also inspect your sprinkler heads, valves and other moving parts to make sure your equipment is in tip top shape.

Spring – Fertilize: In Kansas City, April is typically the best time of year to begin chemically treating your lawn. The experts at Heinen Landscape will develop a detailed and tailored 6-week chemical application plan designed specifically for your specific lawn. Heinen uses the safest and most reliable products available in the industry to keep your lawn weed, disease, and pest-free. By using only top-of-the-line fertilizers and other treatments your lawn will stay lush, green, and beautiful throughout the entire growing season.

Whether you live in Leawood, Fairway, Overland Park, Mission Hills or Brookside, Heinen’s crews are at your service – and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you’re only a phone call away from the best landscape and irrigation company around. As a homeowner, rest assured, no one cares about your lawn like Heinen.Get the lawn of your dreams –you’re your weekends back – with Guaranteed Grass!® from Heinen Landscape and Irrigation.

Ready to “get growing”? Give Debbie at Heinen a call for a no-obligation consultation at (913) 432-5011.

5 Essentials for a Summer-Ready Yard

Summer’s here – the season for barbecues, fresh tomatoes, catching fireflies and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family! Is your backyard ready? Heinen Landscape and Irrigation can help prepare your own slice of the great outdoors for the best summer yet. We’ve carefully selected the top 5 elements of a summer-ready backyard:

  1. Patio

A patio is the perfect place for a solitary morning with a book, a festive evening with neighbors – and every occasion in between. To begin your patio all that’s needed is a weather resistant hard surface – from brick or flagstone to concrete or even a mix of materials. The next thing you’ll need if you plan to spend any time outside is a place to sit! From built in stone benches to a shady pergola over your own store purchased seating – Heinen specializes in uniting beauty and function, and we work closely with our customers to create the ideal patio for their particular lifestyle.

  1. Lawn

Your lawn is likely the biggest component of your outdoor space. From sprinklers and drainage to mowing and weed control, Heinen can ensure your grass is at its greenest! Whether you’re rolling out the croquet set or just enjoy the look of a well-kept green expanse, Heinen’s turf experts take lawn-care seriously, taking your yard size, slope, plant materials, soil type, microclimates, weather patterns, water quality, and much more into consideration when maintaining your lawn.

  1. Garden

Planting a garden is one of the most popular ways to add some color to your backyard scene. Heinen can assist you with the design, planting, mulching, edging materials and all you need to get your garden up and started. Curious about growing a particular type of plant in your garden? Try Heinen’s Online Plant Catalog to identify plants best suited for your backyard environment. Our specialists can also provide ongoing maintenance help through insect and pest control, fertilization, and – of course – sprinkler and irrigation services.

  1. Trees

Natural fences, providers of shade, and landscape design elements, trees enhance many aspects of most yards. But they don’t come without their challenges, and that’s why Heinen Landscape and Irrigation is at your service. Our arbor specialists provide pruning, insecticide and fungicide services, and also assistance with any root issues to help you enjoy all that your trees have to offer.

  1. Lighting

Lighting design can elevate your outdoor space with the flip of a switch. Heinen’s lighting design experts can use light to expand your outdoor living area, allowing you to take advantage of those late summer nights. The right lighting can also promote safety and security – not to mention increase your property value and curbside appeal!

Ready to make your backyard a summer haven? We’d love to help you upgrade your outdoor space! The experts at Heinen can help you with all that and more – from fences and decks, to outdoor fireplaces, and playgrounds! Ready to get started? Give Debbie at Heinen a call at (913) 432-5011 and ask her to schedule a no-obligation consultation from a Heinen Landscape specialist!

Thanks from Heinen Landscape for an Amazing 2017!

As 2017 ends, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the year, thank you, our great customers, for your valued business and finally, our team of dedicated employees for their commitment to doing their best work for our customers!

KVC and Ball Conference Center

We started off the summer by installing brand new pavers for a beautiful and relaxing new outdoor patio area at the entrance to Ball Conference Center adding a final touch to a pro-bono project Heinen completed for Ball – a not for profit – in 2015. Said Michael Nicoski, Manager of Events and Operations at Ball, “The patio project really completes the vision we had for an entry plaza that would be really useful for Ball Conference Center guests – especially those wanting to take wedding reception photos to commemorate their special day. Heinen Landscape did a great job!”

 

Earth Day Tree Giveaway

To celebrate Earth Day this past April, Heinen donated a total of 1,000 Black Oak tree saplings children and families in the Prairie Village area! Customers shopping at the Hen House in Corinth Square on Saturday, April 22, picked their own sapling while enjoying complimentary refreshments and doughnuts. The giveaway was such a hit, we donated an additional 200 saplings to the students at Prairie Elementary School.

 

Landscape, Hardscape, Irrigation – Even a Wrought Iron Fence and Evergreen Trees Installation

Heinen’s dedicated outdoor living teams also stayed hard at work in 2017. One project included building a wrought iron fence and planting evergreens for the Johnson family (in addition to previous irrigation, landscape and retaining wall projects). A recent post from the Johnson’s on Twitter exclaimed, “I love my new fence!! Thanks to my guys from Heinen Landscape Irrigation they are the best!” I can truly say, “it was our pleasure!”

Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? How about a sprinkler system upgrade! Heinen partners with Rachio and their Smart Controller that allows you to control your irrigation system from your smartphone – and save $ on your water bill! Call now and Heinen will take $50 off installation – and have it ready to go for spring.

As your family looks ahead to 2018 remember, if your considering a new patio, outdoor lighting, landscaping, or even an irrigation system, Heinen is here to help! Just call Debbie at 913-432-5011

Spring Spruce up at Heinen

Heinen LandscapeHeinen Landscape is excited to reveal a brand new sign at our world headquarters in beautiful Merriam, Kansas.  Next time you’re cruising down Merriam Lane, be sure to check it out!

Better yet – give us a call! We’ve spruced up our place, and we would love to spruce up your place, too!

Whether you need a final leaf clean-up from fall, a plan for seasonal color, or help bringing your dream landscape to life, Heinen can help!  Our Landscaping experts cater to all of your outdoor needs! Call Debbie at Heinen to schedule a complimentary estimate today at 913-432-5011.

 

Don’t Let Spring Rains Ruin Your Property

With Spring upon us, the days are longer and April showers hit hard! April showers may bring May flowers, but being in the Midwest, April (and May) showers can quickly become torrential downpours and the cause of serious flooding and property damage.

With record rainfall predicted again this year, you can expect soil to crack and pull back from foundations. Heavy rain can also cause foundation seepage, standing lawn water, and flooded basements – all of which can be dangerous to both children and pets. Don’t wait until it’s too late, take preventative measures against excessive water drainage today. If recent rains have exposed serious drainage problems for the first time on your property, there is no better time than the present to address them.

At Heinen, we put an end to heavy rainfall damage! We’ve helped countless customers find peace of mind with excess rainwater solutions including lawn drains, soil grading and natural retaining walls.

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Don’t let rain ruin your lawn, Heinen has a variety of effective and cost-efficient solutions.

The drainage experts at Heinen Landscape will develop a professional plan to meet the specific needs of your individual home. We thoroughly assess property grades and storm water runoff areas and pinpoint problem areas and rank them based on severity of risk. Fully understanding your property prior to designing a drainage plan rewards you with savings during construction – and any ongoing maintenance. And the added comfort of knowing you’re protected from the dangers of flooding is priceless!

You’ve put a lot of dedication and effort, not to mention money, into creating your beautifully landscaped yard, so why not protect your investment from rainwater issues including landscape being washed away – or even causing serious damage to your home’s foundation?

Put an end to rainwater damage at your home – Call Debbie at Heinen Landscape at (913) 432-5011 for your complimentary drainage evaluation! Let us develop a plan that protects your family and the value of your property for a lifetime!

Don’t Let Spring Rains Ruin Your Property

With Spring upon us, the days are getting longer and April is quickly approaching! We all know April showers bring May flowers, but being in the Midwest, April showers can quickly become torrential downpours.

With record rainfall predicted again this year, you can expect soil to crack and pull back from foundations. Heavy rain can also cause foundation seepage, standing lawn water, and flooded basements – all of which can be dangerous to both children and pets. Don’t wait until it’s too late, take preventative measures against excessive water drainage today.

At Heinen, we put an end to heavy rainfall damage! We’ve helped countless customers find peace of mind with excess rainwater solutions including lawn drains, soil grading and natural retaining walls.

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Don’t let rain ruin your lawn, Heinen has many solutions.

Our drainage experts at Heinen will develop a professional plan to meet the specific needs of your individual home. We thoroughly assess how the site will be used and pinpoint any potentially problematic areas. Understanding the site prior to designing your plan rewards you with savings during construction – and operation. Plus, the added comfort of knowing you’re protected is priceless!

You put a lot of dedication and effort, not to mention money, into creating your beautifully landscaped yard, so why not protect your investment from being washed away or damaging your home’s foundation?

Put an end to water damage at your home – Call Debbie at Heinen Landscape at (913) 432-5011 for your complimentary drainage evaluation! Let us develop a plan that protects your family and the value of your property for a lifetime!

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space with Outdoor Lighting and Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather!

Fall has arrived in Kansas City and it’s time to break out the fire pits and drink some hot apple cider! Adding some lighting to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to revitalize and rejuvenate your area. As nights are getting darker come home to your secure and well lit home and see your biggest investment look its best. No other company in Kansas City has the experience and know how like Heinen when it comes to custom lighting and landscaping solutions. Not sure know where to start? Here are some tips from HGTV to help you get started!
Define the Purpose for Landscape Lighting
Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond.
Make a Sketch of Your Yard
After you have defined your reasons for wanting to add landscape lighting, sketch your yard. Include in the sketch existing lights, buildings, benches, trees and shrubs, as well as the vegetation and decorations in the garden. Each of these items will reflect light or absorb it. Estimate the height of each of the objects, especially the foliage.
Decide Where Landscape Lighting Should Go
Match the reason for lighting to specific locations in your backyard. You may want to illuminate a bench along the path with a pole-type lamp placed behind it. A soft mood can be achieved by hiding landscape lighting under shrubs. A path may require a series of short stake lights along its border on one side or on both sides. A water fountain can be enhanced with a spotlight and a pond can have soft lighting around its perimeter.
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The landscape lighting that requires the greatest effort to install is 120-volt lighting. Wiring for these types of garden lights must be buried at a depth of 18 inches or encased in conduit to protect it from water. A licensed electrician has to install the electrical components. Low-voltage landscape lighting for the backyard needs only an outdoor receptacle and a transformer. The transformer converts the 120 volts coming from the household line to a usable 12 volts to operate the lights.
The easiest landscape lighting to place in the backyard is solar lighting. This type of lighting has no cords to be hidden. It should be positioned in such a way that the photovoltaic cell in the lighting fixture receives enough light during the day to allow it to shine at night.
Set a Budget and Buy the Lights
Most Expensive: High-voltage landscape lighting at $100 or more per light
Information: Add on the cost of labor for the electrical contractor installing the wiring to cost of lighting for an additional fee.
Lower Cost: Low-voltage landscape lighting at $30 to $300 per light
Information: This type of lighting can easily be installed by a do-it-yourselfer.
Least Expensive: Solar lighting
Information: Since solar lights rely upon the rays of the sun and an inbuilt photovoltaic device to work, they do not necessitate installation costs or a lot of money to operate. The initial price of the solar lights is the only cost which will be incurred. Tip: If you’re lighting a darkened portion of your garden and the solar landscape light will not receive adequate sunlight during the day, you will need to have a solar panel installed in a high-sunlight location and run wiring to your solar lights.
Set Up the Lighting
If you wish to highlight a single item in your garden like a statue, gazing ball or fountain, you should consider using a few landscape lighting fixtures with lower intensity bulbs. Place these at various angles and distances. A single bright light shining directly on the object will create harsh shadows.
Landscape lights that make soft spots of light are good for garden paths. Space the lights at equal distances along the path you want illuminated.
Blue tinted lights allow for a moonlight-type mood in your garden landscape.

Heinen Landscape is Kansas City’s yard expert and can help you with outdoor lighting, landscape design, and much more. Give Heinen a call at 913-432-5011 for your free estimate.

Low-Maintenance Landscape for Outdoor Living

Daydreaming about a glorious new backyard is fun pastime for many of us. The picture in our mind is usually of the completed project – not the heavy lifting needed in constructing one’s own personal paradise. As dreams turn to reality, homeowners find that there are several factors that effect the overall success of their project – not the least of these being factors such as droughts, flooding, maintenance, and more and more conservation and environmental concerns. At Heinen Landscaping we have seen a major shift in homeowners’ preferences in plants, grass, and hardscape materials. With the help of a recent Houzz.com survey, we completed a list of the latest low-maintenance backyard trends.

Heinen_003Out with the lawn and in with a flagstone patio. Or so say homeowners surveyed in the 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends survey. Respondents in the May survey said they want a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape that supports relaxed outdoor living. And they are making substantial changes to achieve this. They’re adding paving and garden beds, renovating or building new structures, and redoing their overall yards. And, while plants that are attractive and easy to maintain are king in the Houzz landscape survey, environmental benefits are also driving gardening decisions.

The more substantial the project, the more likely the homeowner is to hire a landscape professional, with 59 percent working with a pro on major projects.

Three out of four homeowners are adding or updating structures. The top project (favored by nearly 45 percent), is a patio or terrace. The next popular updates are an arbor, a gazebo, a pergola or a trellis. Decks are the third most frequently cited project. Also, three-quarters of homeowners who are renovating are planning to add new outdoor living items — furniture and seating, grills and patio heaters are some of the most popular. Homeowners are also updating or adding new lighting systems, to allow outdoor lounging, dining and entertaining to extend well into the night.heinen_004

Outdoor living space might top homeowners’ lists of the most valued design aspects, but homeowners still want to garden in their own great-outdoors. In fact, gardening is the second most popular use of outdoor space, just behind relaxing (many even said they garden as a way to relax). Homeowners are also gardening to “nurture nature.” More than 40 percent of homeowners said they plan to incorporate plants that attract butterflies, bees or hummingbirds, or are drought resistant or native

Additionally, homeowners across the country are thinking about how to deal with water — either too much or not enough. Drainage and flooding comprise the top challenge addressed during outdoor upgrades, with drought and water shortages being the second most commonly addressed challenge. What does this mean when it comes to landscape features? Nearly one in five homeowners who plan to upgrade an outdoor space will add some sort of rainwater harvesting device, and 29 percent will add or update sprinklers or irrigation systems.

(Excerpts courtesy of houzz.com)

Ready to start planning your now backyard paradise? Give Heinen Landscape a call. After all, The best lawns and gardens in Kansas City have relied on Heinen Landscape and Irrigation for over 25 years for quality lawn care, sprinkler and irrigation system installation, their custom landscape and outdoor living area needs, and much, much more. We’re proud of the beautiful custom landscapes we’ve created – and also maintain, year after year. And, our competitive pricing allows you to customize a personal landscape plan that meets your landscape goals – and your budget. Call Debbie at Heinen Landscape at (913) 432-5011 to schedule a complementary landscape consultation and a free estimate.

Partner with a professional: eases the project process

By Dave Heinen of Heinen Landscape & Irrigation
Kansas City Gardener

March provides the best opportunity to order the annuals you want to have ready for installation this spring. How do you know what you want or need? Ask yourself a few simple questions and consider a few tried and true suggestions. Before long, you’ll have your order ready, ensuring the best pick of plants you’ll want when it’s time to create a beautiful display.

Take Stock

Look at your canvas. Does the sun bake your yard or do you have problems with too much shade? Notice windy, dry or even wet boggy areas. Do you need to add soil amendments before planting? The microclimate your plants will grow in will help you narrow the options of the types of annuals you can use as you begin to “paint” your garden picture.

Select Theme and Color

Decide the theme of your artwork and the colors you will use in your palette. Are you looking to brighten a dark corner of your garden? Do you want to help cool a hot sitting garden? Do you want to add depth to a yard or draw it in closer as you look out a picture window? Choosing the right plant sizes, colors and varieties can perform all of these effects to your delight.

Color Suggestions

To make a stronger impact in the garden, think about using complimentary colors when deciding which flowers to plant. This website address shows a color wheel and the differences between simple harmony adjacent colors with little contrast compared to simple complementary colors with strong contrast. In addition, you can browse samples of 2-color, 3-color, 4-color, 5-color and 6-color harmony. Using a web resource to view color options can help you make color choices and gives professionals a place to start when ordering the color varieties of plants you want. Also, if your theme calls for the use of the color blue, remember to create a nice solid backdrop for these plants to help show them off, as the eye has trouble focusing on blue in an array of color.

Installation Tips

Use plants of different heights to provide a layering affect in the garden. Depending on the size of the plants you install (2 1/4″ cell, 4″ pot, 6″ pot), use caution when installing, as it is very easy to over plant. Most people tend to install more flowers when they use smaller plants because they want to see faster results. Remember though, if you don’t give the flowers enough room to reach their intended size, they have a tendency to get leggy and not look as healthy as properly spaced flowers.

Added Benefits

You also can select plants to serve other purposes than just garden fillers. Some plants could be herbs for cooking or scented geraniums as mosquito repellent.

Potted Annuals

Perhaps you have some old pottery, baskets, mailboxes, or even a watering pail you adore. Using annuals to fill these containers will add eye-catching flare, and you can recycle some of your favorite objects. When planting flowerpots use accent foliage plants such as tropical hibiscus, caladiums or elephant ears. Think about planting smaller plants of different varieties and shades together in a pot rather than using just one large plant. Don’t forget to add trailing vines to soften the edge of the pot.

Buying Annuals

After you make these decisions, write down your ideas and begin your hunt for the plants you want. You can use a landscape designer to help put your thoughts into action. The designer can help you select plantings and arrangements. They also have access to a wide variety of wholesale growers who often have more selection than your local garden center. Either way, you’ll want to take action and start early to find the best size and selection.

Maintenance

We all strive for the elusive maintenance-free garden, however every garden will require some upkeep to look good all summer long. Maintenance of your flower garden is an important aspect to keep in mind. If you do not have the proper amount of time to spend in your garden, make sure to install low-maintenance plants. You’ll also need to allow time for weeding unwanted undergrowth from your displays. In addition, some plants require more work such as deadheading to remove old flowers, fertilizing, staking and frequent watering. Consider adding special zones to your automatic sprinkler system to provide the water as needed to your annuals or perhaps adjust your current zones to allow for the introduction of these new plantings. If adjusting your sprinkler system sounds great but is beyond the scope of what you can do yourself, call a professional to assist. The art of putting the water where and when you need it will protect your landscape investment and save you time and trouble down the road.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps you want beautiful annual displays around your home and potted plants on your decks and verandas, but don’t wish to do what’s required. Contact a professional at any stage of your garden planning. Contractors will work with you to meet your needs ranging from preparing your soil (the hard work) to completing the entire process. By leaning on a team of professionals, you will educate them about your yard and the landscape goals you have in mind. In return, they can come to your aid when you need to spruce up your yard just before a party or when you take a summer vacation or an extended trip and need daily or weekly service. By developing a relationship with a professional you trust, you will meet your landscape goals over the long run and avoid possible mistakes in layout design or plant selections.

Awaken your sleeping garden

By Dave Heinen of Heinen Landscape & Irrigation
Kansas City Gardener

While it’s a little too early to begin planting annuals, April offers a great time to prepare our landscapes for new plantings and fresh growth. For starters, we can begin pruning damaged trees and shrubs, clean away debris, have soil tested and analyzed, apply a preemergent, add soil amendments and complete the process by adding a healthy dose of mulch.

Over the winter, the weight of ice and snow may have damaged plant material. If left unattended these plants, trees and shrubs could become diseased, die, or may give you unwanted growth resulting in a plant that is distorted. Pruning these damaged branches will rejuvenate the plant.

Take time to identify the types of shrubs and trees under your care. We’ve all seen trees and shrubs pruned the wrong way. We notice these very quickly. If unsure about the type of plant material in your yard or where to make the cuts, contact a landscape professional.

Other forms of pruning include heading back shrubs to retain size and compactness. You can also rejuvenate some plants by cutting them all the way down to the ground and removing the older canes on multi-stem shrubs. The goal on most plant material should be to keep the inside open to let sunlight penetrate to the middle and invigorate new growth.

Pay special attention to flowering shrubs. Flowering shrubs like forsythia and others need pruning just after they have bloomed to spur new growth and to keep the size of the plant at a manageable level. You will lose a majority of the flowers next season if you prune too late after blooming.

Next, clean the debris clogging your beds. Removing debris can prevent the spread of some plant diseases. For example, if rose plants had black spots last season that caused the leaves to fall off, these dead and diseased leaves need to be removed. Otherwise, you risk re-infecting your plants with the same disease this year.

After pruning and cleaning away debris, you can easily see any weeds needing pulling. You may also want to add a preemergent to your beds. Preemergent herbicides prevent germinating weeds and broadleaf weeds from establishing. These herbicides control annual grass weeds by inhibiting cell division in the young root system. However, preemergents do not kill already established weeds. Contact your local garden center or landscape contractor to learn more about the kinds of preemergent chemicals available and how to use and apply them.

Before planting, think about your soil composition. Plants receive six essential macronutrients from the soil. For a nominal fee, the Kansas State University Soil Testing Laboratory can perform soil tests and analysis to estimate the nutrient-supplying power of your soil. Contact the Johnson County K-State Research & Extension Office in Olathe to learn more at (913) 764-6300. Allow two to three weeks to process your lawn/garden soil samples. Once analyzed, you will know more about what to add to your soil to give your plants the best possible environment.

While waiting for your sample results, use the time to incorporate compost mixture into your soil. Avoid adding compost high in fresh or green woody particles because this will lead to a depletion of nitrogen due to the microbes using it to help break down the woody particles. Now’s also a good time to add a tree and shrub fertilizer to help boost the new spring growth and flowering. Be sure to read your labels to find the amounts you need to use.

Also be sure your compost comes from a reputable source and arrives fully decomposed. Steer clear of compost comprised of grass clippings because the clippings often have persistent lawn chemicals that would not benefit your garden. Once you have completed these tasks and incorporated amendments into your garden beds you should be ready to plant your spring annuals.

Only a few more weeks and the plants will be green and displaying their color pallets of flowers for you to enjoy. In the meantime, adding a fresh layer of mulch will help to retard weed growth and retain moisture in the beds.