Those of you whose landscapes are presently carpeted by a layer of white mulch, er, snow may scoff, but spring is just around the bend, Really. Preparing your succulent garden now will make post-snow/post-freeze springtime planting a little less hectic.
1. Make a list of which succulents you would like to use. Giving yourself extra time to explore plant choices, pairing ideas, and layout concepts will result in an even snazzier landscape and/or patio. This will also reduce the chances of purchasing too many of the "wrong plants," if there is such a thing.
2. Rejuvenate your beds by tidying up plants and yanking weeds. (No better time for the latter than when the soil is damp.) Inspect the bases of your plants for anything that could be unnecessarily inhibiting airflow or trapping excess moisture, such as tree litter. Cut back any old, unsightly growth and bid farewell to the plants on your removal list.
3. Look for signs of infestation — scale, mealybugs, aphids, and the like. Insect pests running wild, multiplying, and feasting on sap in your garden should be treated to prevent any issues from getting worse. Addressing factors that attract pests can help prevent or reduce the severity of problems.
We blogged about pest control here.