Do not wait to enjoy the full beauty of spring on your property. Spring is a time of growth and change. It is the perfect time to clean up and make sure all elements of your property are healthy, safe, and beautiful. There are several steps to the perfect spring cleanup; so as soon as the weather reaches about 50 degrees, it is time to start the process. So, when the first beautiful weekend arrives, you can just relax and enjoy the outdoors. We would like to give you a checklist for getting your spring cleanup started.

Inspect The Health Of The Lawn

Clean up the leaves and debris. A bare spot in the yard is an obvious sign of an unhealthy lawn. However, it is easy to overlook a thinning turf. If you can look at your grass and see the soil underneath, then your lawn is thinning. Common signs that pests have invaded your turf include brown spots, dead and dying grass patches, wilting blades, bite marks on grass, and, of course, insects in the grass or turf layer. after you remove dead leaves, loose twigs and branches, and all the debris you will be able to do a thorough inspection of the lawn.

Spring Is The Ideal Time For Pruning

For most trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster. Prune in early to late spring, once lighter-colored new growth appears, which gives time for cuts to heal and new buds to form. Use thinning cuts back to the main stem to tame overgrown shrubs; for heading cuts, prune back to a branch that has needles or leaves on it so new growth can sprout. The best time to prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs is immediately after they finish blooming. If you prune them later in the growing season or during winter, you’ll remove flower buds and decrease the amount of spring bloom. Check your flower beds, snow removal can damage the bed liners; if so, replace or repair the liners. Spring is also a great time to apply new mulch to planting beds.

Think About The Aeration Of Your Lawn

Aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the soil. When nutrients penetrate deeper into the root zone, they become available to the turf. This improves the effectiveness of your fertilization and ongoing watering to promote healthy turf. Aeration is good if you’ve got compacted, poor or clay-heavy soil that’s been impacted by heavy equipment or lots of foot traffic. It’s also good to aerate if you are renovating a yard or installing a new one. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool-season grass in the early spring and those with warm-season grass in the late spring. After you aerate, leave the soil plugs on the lawn to decompose and filter back into the holes left by the aeration machine. Apply fertilizer immediately after aerating your lawn to put nutrients into your grassroots. Reseed your lawn, especially in areas of the lawn where the grass is thin. Core aeration also encourages new lawn growth, which is crucial for minimizing the growth of pesky weeds. Nothing is tougher for weeds to penetrate than a thick, healthy lawn.


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