By this time of the year, the soil has most likely defrosted—though, in Minnesota, this can still be up in the air right about now! However, if the ground has thawed, it’s time for spring landscaping. HOA management groups everywhere are busy putting into action plans that have been months in development while raking away the detritus of winter and welcoming spring with fresh pops of green. Indeed, the board that takes spring landscaping seriously is bound to have a happy community on their hands.
Regardless of your HOA’s attitude toward spring landscaping, it’s an undeniable fact that certain plants do better in Minnesotan landscapes than others, especially considering how moody our climate can be. It benefits your HOA to look for hardy plants that can stand a good amount of climate volatility, while also bringing a glorious splash of color to your community.
If that sounds like an impossibility, it isn’t, and Gassen is here to prove it. As providers of property management services for the Eden Prairie area, we feel that all HOAs deserve beautiful landscapes, and we have just the list of ideas to help make that happen for yours.
A Word of Caution: Yearly Climate and Pests Can Influence Your Landscaping Results
Though the plants we’re about to talk about are hardy and strong, no flora, regardless of species, is immune to extremely poor weather conditions or all species of pests. Depending on how you care for your landscaping as the year passes, and depending on how warm, cool, stormy, wet, or dry the year’s weather is, your landscaping may perform differently.
Without further ado, here are a few ideas for your HOA’s spring landscaping:
● A vegetable garden | Many crop-bearing plants, such as beets and rhubarb, can be planted in the ground around this time of year and are eye-catching to boot. Plus, your community will have food to harvest at the end of the growing period. It’s a win-win!
● A garden for pollinators | Imagine the pastoral vibe a crowd of hummingbirds or bees might bring to your community. While planting for pollinators might be a bit tricky, a hardy species like the Purple Coneflower is a good start. Consider adding some native wildflowers nearby, as they’ve grown to tolerate local conditions and are exceptionally flexible in some respects.
● A perennial garden | If you want some extra bang for your buck, invest in perennial plants: plants that overwinter. Hosta plants are a showy option for this category.
Need Help with Your Spring Planning? Gassen is Here to Help
We’re an Eden Prairie provider of accounting property management, online property management, and more. If your board is feeling short on resources, we’d love to be of service. Contact our office at 952-922-5575.