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Spring Cleanup

Every garden deserves a good spring cleanup.  Have you had professional landscaping installed?  How about just a new patio? Whatever the case, don’t neglect your yearly spring cleanup.

Go out and just assess your yard as soon as spring comes around.  You can call your Landscape Contractor to have a spring cleanup done, or you can usually just do it yourself.  But, if your spring cleanup includes things like bed edging, hauling away debris, and installing new mulch, calling your landscape contractor is a good idea.  They have the machinery and the manpower.  

Here’s a checklist for you when you walk around assessing your yard this spring:

  • How does the paver patio or paver walk look?  Have they had a “clean and seal” done?  NOTE:  The photo shows a paver patio having a “CLEAN AND SEAL” done.  
  • Now is the time to decide if you want to get any new projects done this year and plan ahead.
  • If you didn’t have the mulch beds edged last year, you’ll probably want to do it this year.
  • If you’re installing mulch, maybe you want to put some “Preen” pre-emergent herbicide down under the mulch to help deter weed growth.
  • Look for winter damage.  This will be things like branches broken in storms that need trimming and damage done to plants and lawns from rodents.  
  • Spring is the time to remove the ‘tree wrap’ you put on in the fall to protect your new trees.  Inspect for mold, cracks in bark, or damage from pests.
  • If you haven’t already done so, designate an area for a debris pile.  This is where you can throw branches and leaves.  If you don’t have a place like this, you’ll have to remove them.
  • Make sure all your gardening items are clean and organized and ready to go.
  • If you have plants that need an early spring pruning, do it before they are actively growing.
  • Look at the perennial beds and remove any old growth that didn’t get removed in the fall.
  • Make sure ornamental grasses that were left standing for the winter are cut down before the new grass growth gets too big.
  • Fertilize as needed, and plan on any herbicide or pesticide programs.

Again, your landscape contractor will do a great job for you, and your professional landscaping will remain just that… professional.  But, if you choose to be your own landscape contractor, you can do it!  This checklist can help you to make sure you don’t miss anything.  Once you’ve assessed your yard, you can also use this checklist to communicate with the Landscape Contractors exactly what you want them to quote you on.  

Happy Spring!

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