Borsello Landscaping Releases Spring Planting Tips for Delaware Gardeners

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For the final weeks of winter, Borsello Landscaping is offering Delaware residents, customers and DIY gardeners the essential tips they need to prepare for springtime planting.

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Unfortunately, the weekend warriors tend to plan their mulching when these plants are already tender and ready to flower. Don’t risk damaging these delicate messengers of spring.

Amy Sassaman, the marketing manager of landscape services provider Borsello Landscaping, released a list of the company's own guidelines this February to help DIY gardeners prepare for the spring planting season. Earlier this winter, the company released winter gardening tips that urged gardeners to protect their plants from the cold and snow, but advised them to take care knocking off snow and ice following Winter Storm Jonas.

For plants -- young plants in particular -- the cold can prove to have detrimental effects. This includes frost and freezing injury, winter burn, and soil heaving.

As the seasons change, Borsello Landscaping recommends the following tips in order to effectively protect your plants until the spring:

1) Service all equipment and tools ahead of time. This includes fixing up mowers or sharpening blades on pruners and shears, which will allow gardeners to complete tasks efficiently and more conveniently.

2) Remove leaves and other debris from around the house, and pull away unwanted brush and undergrowth.

3) It is possible to prune perennials, grasses and anything that's a non-spring blooming plant and still have it at full growth for this year.

4) Now is the time to clean and restock bird feeders. Typically, this is the time of year when birds start migrating back, and restocking feeders ensures they have a place to stop and land, especially if the spring is slow in coming. This way, they still have a food supply when they arrive.

5) Start seeding vegetables and flowers indoors before springtime. Once the weather grows favorable for planting, it will be easier to transplant them into the ground and continue tending them.

6) Finally, Dan Hamilton, Operations Manager for Borsello Landscaping, recommends taking a proactive approach to mulching.

"Most DIYers spread mulch over their planting beds in the spring, and I say the sooner the better for mulch. Somewhere between Valentine’s day and St. Patrick’s Day. The goal is to clean-up and mulch before spring bulbs and early blooming perennials start to appear. The first blooms of the year let us know sunny days and warmer weather aren't far away. Unfortunately, the weekend warriors tend to plan their mulching when these plants are already tender and ready to flower. Don’t risk damaging these delicate messengers of spring."

Hamilton added, "If these are not enough reasons to mulch sooner, a solid layer of mulch is one of the best ways to prevent certain weeds. The earlier we apply the mulch the less opportunities we are giving the uninvited guests to crash the party."

If a DIY gardener should have any questions about preparing their landscaping for the springtime, they should never hesitate to call the professionals for assistance, as they have the years of expertise and resources to take on any task. Borsello Landscaping hopes these tips will help their customers have the landscaping of their dreams come springtime.

About Borsello Landscaping

Borsello Landscaping is comprised of an experienced lawn and landscaping design team. Their consultants take the time to understand what customers expect and on what budget. To learn more, visit

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