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The Niagara Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Property Prep

The Niagara Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Property Prep

Preparing your property for spring in the Niagara Region involves a series of tasks to ensure a healthy, vibrant landscape. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you. Read on for a comprehensive guide to help you get started.

14 Steps to a Summer - Ready Property

Clean up winter debris.

  • Remove dead plants: clean out any dead plants or vegetation left from winter. Trim back dead branches from trees and shrubs.

Inspect and prune.

  • Prune trees and shrubs: trim overgrown branches to encourage healthy growth. Remove any damaged or diseased wood. Spring is an ideal time for pruning before new growth begins. 

Tip: pruning before you lay mulch makes for a tidy finished product!

Soil Preparation.

  • Test soil: conduct a soil test to determine nutrient levels. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter if needed.
  • Mulching: apply a layer of mulch around plants to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature.

Lawn Care.

  • Rake the lawn: remove leaves and debris from the lawn to allow sunlight and air to reach the grass.
  • Aerate: if your lawn has compacted soil, consider aerating to improve water and nutrient absorption.


  • Choose native plants: select native plants for optimal adaptation to the local climate. Spring is a suitable time for planting new trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Garden Bed Preparation.

  • Clear weeds: remove weeds from garden beds and around existing plants.
  • Edge beds: define the garden beds by edging to create a neat and tidy appearance. 

Check irrigation system.

  • Inspect sprinklers: ensure your irrigation system is in working order. check for leaks, and adjust sprinkler heads as needed.


  • Apply fertilizer: if soil tests indicate nutrient deficiencies, apply a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy plant growth.

Pest and disease management.

  • Inspect for pests: check plants for signs of pests and take appropriate measures for control. 

  • Disease prevention: apply fungicides preventatively if your plants have a history of diseases.

Prepare outdoor living spaces.

  • Clean and arrange patio furniture: wipe down outdoor furniture and arrange it for the upcoming season. 
  • Inspect lighting: check outdoor lighting and replace any bulbs or fixtures as needed.

Check for safety hazards.

  • Inspect trees: examine trees for damaged limbs that may pose a safety risk during spring storms.

Wildlife considerations. 

  • Bird feeders: clean and fill bird feeders to attract local wildlife to your garden. 

Consult with local experts.

  • Visit a nursery: seek advice from local nurseries to learn about plant varieties well-suited for the Niagara Region. 

Be water-wise.

  • Watering schedule: establish a consistent watering schedule, adjusting based on rainfall and specific plant needs. 

Following these steps will ensure your property is primed for Spring, setting the stage for a flourishing and vibrant outdoor space!

Frequently Asked Questions: 

☼ What kinds of tools will I need for a Spring cleanup?

We recommend the following for basic clean ups: 
-    Fan rake 
-    Half- moon edger 
-    Shovel 
-    Leaf blower 
-    Large tarp 
-    Buckets or leaf bags 
-    Hedge pruners 
-    Sheers and loppers
-    Secateurs  
-    Ladder (depending on tree / shrub height)
-    Aerator 
-    Irrigation supplies / replacement pieces 
-    Lighting supplies / replacement pieces

☼ Where can I source materials for my Spring cleanup? 

Visit your local nursery or garden center for:

-    Perennials 
-    Annuals 
-    Mulch 
-    Stone 

Garden centers are great places to seek advice for different plant and ground cover options! Some of our favorite garden centers to visit in Niagara are Vermeer’s Garden Center & Flower Shop and Rice Road Greenhouses. 

It’s important to note that not all nurseries are open to the public. Sometimes this can become a challenge when you are looking for specific products or plant types. 

☼ How long does a Spring cleanup take to complete?

This depends on a variety of factors, such as: 

-    If you completed a Fall cleanup
o    If the leaves are still on the ground from last year, things may take longer to clean.
-    When you begin your Spring cleanup
o    Beginning earlier in the year means getting ahead of weeding and plant growth before it becomes overwhelming.
-    How big your property is
o    While small properties can take a matter of hours to prep, large properties with many gardens can take days to clean and prep.
-    Previous experience 
o    If this is your first year caring for your property, there will be much to learn about plant care and maintenance.
-    Access to proper tools
o    Having the right tools and knowing how to use them can speed up the cleaning process significantly.
Overall, a Spring cleanup can be a daunting task, but the outcome is worth it - a property you get to enjoy all Summer long. 

Feeling overwhelmed?

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