New Jersey Home Landscaping Steps

New Jersey Home Landscaping Steps

New Jersey has survived another winter, and before you know it, the heat of the summer will be on us. Right now, while we’re feeling the mild temperatures of spring, is the perfect time to start preparing your yard for the summer months that will be here before you know it. Whether you envision lush green lawns for outdoor gatherings or vibrant flower beds bursting with color, you want your yard ready to withstand the summer heat and impress your guests. Don’t wait until the last minute – start planning your summer oasis today! 

If you’re unsure how to prepare your yard for the summer, read below for some helpful tips.

Plan and Prioritize

Before you begin working, consider creating a landscaping plan that outlines your goals, budget, and timeline for completing projects. Start by identifying areas of your yard that require attention, like the front entrance, patio, or focal points visible from indoors. Prioritize projects based on their impact and feasibility, considering cost and time. Break down larger projects into smaller, manageable tasks and tackle them individually to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Soil test

The first step in preparing the lawn for the summer is to perform a soil test. This test is simple to perform. Just squeeze a handful of soil. The soil is too moist to work with if it seeps water or balls up. This can lead to compacted soil and poor drainage if tilled prematurely. If it is dry and crumbly, it is ready to till.

Clean up winter debris

Start your summer yard preparations by clearing away debris left over from the winter months. As the snow melts and temperatures rise, it’s time to remove fallen branches, leaves, and dead plants, providing a clean canvas for seasonal landscaping projects. This initial cleanup sets the stage for a vibrant and thriving summer outdoor space.


The transition from spring to summer is the perfect time of year for aerating the lawn. Aerating the lawn promotes the formation of roots, an important step for maintaining a healthy and thriving lawn. The aeration process allows both water and nutrients to efficiently reach the root system of the lawn. Aeration should be done at least once a year, but high-traffic areas might require additional treatments.


Often, lawns are neglected during the cold months so chances are that the lawn will need a good and thorough raking in the spring. Raking will remove the excess thatch that has grown there. Thatch must be removed because it is a decaying plant material that can deter healthy grass growth. After a long winter, various branches, leaves, and other materials are likely covering the lawn, hindering grass growth. Removing these items will allow the sun and fresh air to reach the grass, promoting healthy growth during the summer months.


Since spring is a prime time for grass to grow, it must get sufficient water. Optimally, watering should be done to promote deep root growth. Aim for a deep soak of about one inch one time per week rather than daily sprinkles that encourage shallow root growth.

Make a Landscape Plan

Before beginning a landscape design, map it out on paper first. Having an action plan will ensure there is room for everything. Remember to allow room for the future growth of new plants and shrubs that are planted. A qualified landscape company can help you with this process.

Eliminate Weeds and Fertilize

Take time to eliminate weeds in the spring. Make sure you remove the entire weed, including the root. Doing so will help to inhibit regrowth in the future. You may also want to use a weed control product to prevent unwanted weeds from taking over your yard. Now is also the perfect time to apply fertilizer to nourish your summer lawn and plants.

Prune Shrubbery

Now is the time to take shears and prune back shrubs and trees. Remove any dead branches and leaves and keep only the buds that are living and able to thrive. Not only will the shrubs look better, this action will promote healthy growth throughout the summer.


Lay about three inches of mulch around any newly planted trees and shrubs. The presence of mulch will reduce the appearance of weeds, control temperature fluctuation of the soil, prevent damage, and provide an overall look of attractiveness. Mulching will also help keep the soil moist, ultimately promoting the shrubbery’s health.

Prepare Planting Beds

Spring is the perfect time to prepare planting beds and flower gardens for summer. When preparing a garden area, be sure it is free of weeds. Also, lay down some compost to adequately promote healthy flowers to the ground before planting flowers or seeds. The late spring is the best time to plant annuals and delicate perennials, as the season’s last frost will have passed by that time.

Rid the Area of Pests

The warm weather traditionally brings living creatures that are harmful to landscaping. Use the late spring months to take preventative measures to keep these pests at bay. Install rabbit or deer-proof fencing to keep these cute yet destructive animals out of the landscaped area. If you can’t find this type of fencing, opt for plants that naturally detract these animals.

Mow and Edge the Lawn

Maintain a neat lawn by mowing it to an appropriate height for summer. Edging along sidewalks, driveways, and flower beds adds a polished touch to your yard’s appearance. Consistent lawn care practices will keep your outdoor space looking well-groomed and inviting.

Inspect Irrigation Systems

Inspect your sprinkler system for leaks or damage to ensure proper function throughout the summer months. Repair issues promptly to avoid water wastage and to allow your lawn and plants to receive adequate hydration. Regular irrigation system maintenance will help keep your yard lush and green all summer.

Inspect and Clean Outdoor Furniture

Inspect your outdoor furniture for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Give it a thorough cleaning to remove dirt, dust, and grime accumulated over the winter months. Applying a fresh coat of paint or sealant will help protect your furniture from the summer sun and prolong its lifespan.

Complete the Look

Once the yard and flowers are cared for, it’s time to complete the look by adding some accent pieces. Install an attractive fountain or stone statuary as a focal point in the landscape. Another option is to install a wooden pergola. If lack of space hinders, consider adding a trellis for vines and ivy to grow upward.

Set up a Maintenance Schedule

Lastly, establish a regular maintenance schedule to keep your yard in shape throughout the summer. This schedule should include tasks like watering, mowing, and weeding consistently. Staying proactive with maintenance will keep your yard looking its best so you can enjoy it well into fall.

Reap the Rewards!

Now that the temperatures are climbing in New Jersey, it is time to dust off the garden tools and get to work. Taking the time to prepare the landscaping now will ensure you have a beautifully landscaped yard all summer. As you tackle each task, from pruning shrubs to planting summer annuals, imagine the vibrant outdoor oasis you’ll enjoy in the coming months. With proper care and maintenance, your yard will be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the summer season. Relax and enjoy the beauty of your outdoor space with confidence!

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