The snow is gone, and the days are getting longer- it’s finally spring! As the temperature rises, it’s time to think about your landscape. Following a few simple tips, you can have your landscape looking beautiful all season long. Before you start planning those outdoor barbecues and family parties, you may have some cleanup to do after the winter stress winter on your landscape. Check out these essential landscape maintenance tips to help your landscape look its best this spring!
Clean Your Yard
When preparing your garden for spring, one of the first things to do is to clean up the debris, such as leaves and twigs that accumulated over the winter. The task can seem daunting if you do not attend to your lawn until April. On the other hand, taking advantage of periodic thaws in the wintertime helps you stay on track all season long. In addition, clearing debris is the first step in preparation for mulching. If you have a more naturalistic mindset, leaves and debris can be collected, composted, broken down, and recycled as mulch.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
Pruning encourages healthy growth, increases flower and fruit production, and improves the overall health of your plants. It also helps shape the plant, giving it a more attractive appearance. Taking care of this task in the spring while most of your plants are still dormant minimizes the stress on your plants. To prune correctly, you must identify the dead, diseased, or damaged branches and trim them back to a healthy bud. This is also your opportunity to control the shape and size of your trees by pruning away any unwanted growth.
Inspect Your Irrigation System
If you have an irrigation system, early spring is the time to check for any damage that may have occurred during winter. Inspect your sprinkler heads to ensure they’re in good working order and not obstructed by debris. You’ll also want to check your irrigation system for leaks. If you have a landscaping team, they can take care of your spring startup to ensure your irrigation system operates efficiently.
Mow Your Lawn
The first mow of the lawn at the beginning of the year will set the tone for the season. Keep the grass between 2 ½ to 3 inches tall all year long. While preparing your lawn for spring, don’t forget about your lawn mower blades! Keep your blades sharp to get a clean cut, and avoid shredding the grass blade. A shredded grass blade not only makes the lawn look unattractive, but also weakens the plant, making it more susceptible to drought, disease, and insect damage.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best improve drainage in your lawn this spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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