Consider the picture below. It's an entrance to a strata complex and the Daffodils look great in spring, now that the snow is gone. The laurel hedge by the wall is fine but we have to ask a question.
What happens once the spring bulbs fade? Eventually we'll cut them back and then what? This front entrance is missing plants; there should be something to look at as we move deeper into spring.
Of course, one problem is lack of irrigation; there are no sprinklers installed but that shouldn't stop us from planting something inspiring in this high-profile area.
Always fight dead space in your life and garden.
There are some great landscape upgrade tasks you can do in spring, before it gets too hot. One is top-dressing weak lawns with a thin layer of soil and over-seeding; another is planting new hedges. One install project this week involved replacing dead cedars (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd' with yews (Taxus). Yews seem to do better than cedars in our West Coast landscapes, although we also planted some cedars.
If your lawns are limed and aerated, definitely consider making some changes to your landscape by improving your lawns and planting something new. Have some fun with your landscape!
Spring is finally here on the West Coast and it's time to consider lawn aeration with lime application. Aeration allows more water and oxygen to reach the root zone; and lime should, in theory, lower the soil pH levels.
If you don't do anything to your lawn, definitely aerate it once a year.
If your lawn is small, consider using a hand-aerator tool. If your lawn is larger, renting a machine is the way to go; or hiring a professional landscaper.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT