Spring is here and its time to get your yard in shape.
We rake compacted beds, remove debris that may have built up over the winter, power blow and hand rake to allow air and water in to get your flowers off to a strong start. A full spring cleanup includes:
- Cutting back of perennials
- Blow leaves and debris from landscaping
- Mow lawn
- Bag and haul away all organic matter
There are many other services that can be done in the spring. That includes:
- Grass over seeding
- Bush / shrub trimming
- Tree trimming
- Fertilizer / crabgrass pre-emergent
- Leaf cleanup
Trees and Shrubs
If you have any tree or shrub branches that have been damaged by cold, snow, and wind, they should be pruned back to live stems. Use a handsaw for anything larger than ½ inch in diameter. Shaping hedges with hand pruners, rather than electric shears, prevents a thick outer layer of growth that prohibits sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center. Summer-flowering shrubs, such as Rose of Sharon should be pruned, before buds swell, but wait to prune spring bloomers, like forsythia, until after they flower.
Perennials and Grasses
Prune flowering perennials to a height of 4–5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2–3 inches to allow new growth to shoot up.Thin crowded beds and divide them, leaving at least three stems per clump, and transplant them to fill in sparse areas. The better plants are spaced the more flowers you will get.
Beds and Borders
In colder climates grass starts growing in April. Early spring is a good time to test the soil’s pH so that you can assemble the right amendments. Remove turf damaged by salt, plows, or disease to prepare for the seeding that should follow in a few weeks. Work in a ½-inch layer of compost to keep the new seed moist, increasing the germination rate.
Dethatching and aerating your lawn
Controlling thatch is one of the most important – and most overlooked – parts of lawn care. Thatch is simply the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulates between the soil surface and the green grass blades above. Over time, it forms a thick mat, hindering water and air from reaching the soil and providing an environment that can encourage pests and diseases. Dethatching can help prevent these problems.
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