Ready, Set… Plant!

As we head into Vancouver’s spring our thoughts turn to our flowerbeds and landscaping for the warmer months. We start to lay out our landscaping plans and decide what seeds and bulbs to plant. What types of shrubs and trees should be planted? What types grow best in my area? What about annual flowers? Questions abound and our heads begin to swim with all the possibilities available. West Coast Lawns & Gardens is here to help you make the best decisions for your space to insure a successful and beautiful garden.

In our area, the choice of what plants grow best is extensive.  Vancouver has a climate allows many varieties of plants to grow that would not survive in other parts of the country.  This allows for elaborate native plantings, inspirations from all areas of the globe, and extensive ability to grow food and local crops in urban farming setups.

Early Spring Gardening Choices

Early spring can be a great time to get larger shrubs planted, soil prepared and moving existing plants within a landscape.  Transplanting of shrubs is best to do before they fully come out of winter dormancy and will not have to deal with any heat stress while they are establishing new roots.  You can also start some edible crops indoors at this time to get a head start on the growing season.  This would be for any plants that are sensitive to a late frost they may have been exposed to if planted outdoors.

May is typically the true start of the outdoor planting season.  Temperatures are on the upswing for the balance of the growing season, precipitation is typically favorable for not having massive watering requirements, and plants are really starting to take off.  This is the time for summer annuals to get in the ground, and add an injection of colour into gardens that may be lacking diversity of bloom times.  We can also start getting all food crops into the ground for a robust harvest over the summer.  Just be careful, the earlier you plant you may have to do some work to cover or insulate some plants if there is a late frost coming along.

Fall Garden Planting Opportunities

Fall brings opportunities to plant spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, etc.   When planting them yourself, here are a few important things to remember.  First, dig the hole in your soil two to three times as deep as the bulb that you are planting. Second, the point of the bulb should always face up. Cover your bulb with soil and water. Annual bulbs need great drainage so many people like to plant them in containers as well as in the ground. For container planting, make sure to place gravel in the bottom of your pot to allow for proper drainage.

March & April Garden Planning

This is the perfect time of year to begin planning for your spring and summer gardens and outside landscaping. If you have any questions for our Vancouver gardens and outside landscaping professionals, we are here to help!

Professional Garden & Yard Maintenance

Do you need help with your garden planting or yard maintenance? Our team of experts is here to help you with all of your gardening needs. Just visit our website at www.westcoastlawns.ca today and get started the right way to get your yard blooming and beautiful this spring and summer.