1. Clear your beds of debris
The first task is to re-edge the borders of the beds. This looks good and helps define the division between landscape and lawn. Then spend time cleaning out all the leftover leaves from last Fall. Make sure any other unwanted debris is also cleaned out of the beds, such as pine cones, needles, sticks, acorns, weeds and rotted mulch.
2. Check your plants for damage
After clearing all unwanted debris, you can inspect your plantings for winter damage. Broken branches and limbs need to be carefully pruned off. Check for dead spots on evergreen trees and shrubs.
Also, look carefully for other types of damage such as squirrels and other critters munching on your plants.
When you’ve finished with the tree and shrub inspection, turn your attention to the perennials. Spend time cutting back all perennials left over from Winter into Spring.