Blog Contributed by David West
Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time for a little cleanup. The snow and ice of winter have probably left your lawn feeling blue. But, Great Estates Landscaping has the tools you need to make it green again! We’ve put together a list of the five steps you can take for some major spring-cleaning. With these simple tips, you can make your lawn ready for spring planting and ensure that you get the best blooms around! So, spring to it!
1. Remove the debris. This seems like a pretty basic first step, but getting rid of all the limbs and branches that made your lawn a winter mess is essential. Start your clean-up efforts by collecting the fallen branches and scattered sticks. If your town doesn’t have a debris pickup, find out if there’s a nearby drop-off location you can deliver it to. You also can rent a wood-chipper from many garden or hardware stores and turn your debris into mulch.
2. Rake dead leaves and twigs.
Now to deal with those pesky dead leaves that carpet your soon-to-be luscious lawns. Raking up any leaves and twigs will allow sunlight to get to your grass, making it ready to spring up in the sunshine. You can either bag up the leaves and cart them to a local drop-off, or go green and use them as compost for your garden.
3. Prune and trim.
Prune back weatherworn bushes and hedges as well as any perennials that look overgrown. And take a look at your trees. Trim damaged tree limbs and branches that you can reach, and make arrangements for a professional tree trimmer to take care of the rest.
4. Map out landscaping and garden plans.
If your spring cleaning plans involve putting in a new garden, it might be a good idea to map the area out. Make a sketch of your lawn indicating what sort of trees, shrubs, or plants you’d like to add. Even for DIY types, it’s always a good idea to consult with a gardener or landscaper at the nursery before making any final decisions or purchases.
5. Start planting.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Check the planting dates on your new purchases. Any plants, trees or shrubbery hearty enough to survive early spring’s still cool nights can be put in the ground now.
There you have it! 5 steps to completely spring clean your lawn. Still have questions? Call the experts at GEL today!
David West is not only a manager on the landscape maintenance, installation and turf management team of Great Estates Landscaping, he is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.
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