Spring Cleaning For Your Landscape

With spring being here, that means it is a great time to get started on your spring cleaning!  That means getting used to not seeing snow or leaves covering your lawn anymore.  The Springtime is exciting for your yard, from the flowers blooming to your grass beginning to grow and thaw out again.  Here are a few tips to add to your landscape spring cleaning checklist this year:

Remove Winter Debris

After the long and short winter days are gone, you do not need any more reminders as the sun begins to set later.  If you find leaves, straw, hay, or mulch you used to cover and insulate your plants still lingering it is a good first task to tackle.  A buildup of these materials will make it hard for seedlings and perennials to reach the surface through the cover before they starve.  They are also not good to keep around as they provide a nest for pests to overwinter in.  So, start your spring checklist off on the right foot by cleaning up the reminisce of fall and winter time!

Pruning

Your grass is not the only thing that has seen and experienced in the cold winter months.  Your trees and shrubs deserve the same level of care and attention to ensure a successful spring bloom.  Pruning is a great way to remove any damaged and dead branches on all your tree and shrubs.  This them to cut off the so-called dead weight and grow to become stronger and healthier moving forward.

Cut Back Perennials

Just as we discussed pruning your trees and shrubs, you need to focus on pruning perennials.  Perennials need to have diseased, dead, and damaged parts of the plant cut off so that they do not become infested with diseases and fungi.  Remove leaves, shoots, and stems from the very bottom of the plant.  Cut perennials to a few inches above the soil level if they bloom on new wood.  If they bloom on old wood, wait until just after they have their flowers to cut them back.  Bag your trimmings, and throw them out.

Mulching

As one of your last steps, be sure your mulch all your garden beds, your trees, and your shrubs.  Mulch soaks up water and releases it slowly to keep your plant hydrated between waterings.  It also keeps the soil cooler in hot temperatures and keeps it warmer in cold weather.  Finally, it helps keep weed seeds from growing in your garden.  The mulch should be three inches deep when you first place it down.  Every year after that, try adding an inch of mulch to the top.  Avoid mulching where you have placed seeds until they have fully sprouted.  When they are over an inch tall, then you can cover the remaining area.

Cut and Feed Your Grass

Be sure you tie your whole landscape look together with a fresh cut of your lawn!  Your grass has just gone through a long winter filled with chilling nights.  Your lawn has now been thawing out, slowly softening up as it begins for the warmer days.  This is a great time to check on the overall health of your grass and offers it fresh nutrients.  Then you can show off to the neighborhood your well-maintained lawn.

Contact Dave’s Landscape For Your Landscape Needs!

With spring being here and April being national lawn care month, we understand the excitement for the blooming flowers and warmer weather.  At Dave’s Landscape, we operate and help each one of our clients to ensure that their landscape is designed and maintained for each lifestyle and their needs. That includes lending a hand when it comes to spring cleanup for your landscapes.  For more information on our services, be sure to contact us directly at 978-562-9591 or by filling out a contact form on our website!