The sun is shining, the snow has disappeared, and homeowners have already started to search for spring solutions. Let Realty Landscape point you in the right direction by explaining the proper steps for starting spring on the right foot.
After all, there’s nothing better than grilling on a beautiful Memorial Day with a lush and beautiful landscape.
The name says it all. The first spring cleanup steps recommended by Realty Landscaping are: cleaning out any leaves or debris; edging all the planting beds; and cutting back any plants that require it.
- Cleanout leaves and debris: Essentially, you want your landscape to be clean and neat. To ensure the best results, you really want to make sure you pick up everything. Check under large evergreen shrubs, especially when they line a wall. Try using a backpack blower to flush out leaves and debris.
- Edging plant beds: This is one the most important elements of spring cleanup. Edging your beds really defines spaces in the landscape. It also ensures that your turf isn’t growing into your bed areas, which would be unsightly.
- Cutting back plants: There are many plants that will need to be cut back in the early spring. It’s healthier for the plant to grow and it’ll look better since most of what you will be cutting off is brown and dead. Some common plants that will need to be cut back include Liriope and any other ornamental grasses.
Your next phase should be to mulch all of your planting beds. This really emphasizes and pronounces all of your plants, especially the ornamental varieties. Other than aesthetic purposes, mulch is a great water absorbent and helps decrease run-off.
The best way to apply mulch is to use a five-pronged pitch fork. Spread a two-inch layer of mulch evenly throughout the planting beds. Then, using the backside of a leaf rake, smooth out the mulch until it appears smooth and even. Finally, take the flat edge of a grading rake and tamp the edges of the planting beds for that tight, neat look.
The next step is to fertilize your lawn. There are typically multiple lawn applications throughout the year, but spring is a vital time to start your lawn off on the right note. In spring, your grass comes out of dormancy and is reestablishing its root systems.
First and foremost, you should have an expert come and take a soil sample, which will tell you exactly what fertilizer your lawn needs. You’ll want to apply your first round of fertilizer between February and April, although this is completely dependent on the severity of the winter. You can also apply a pre-emergent crabgrass weed control.
In late spring (April through early June), you can put down your second round of fertilizer along with your pre-emergent crabgrass and broadleaf weed control. The best way to apply your fertilizers is to use a push spreader.
To ensure that all the work you’ve put in doesn’t go to waste, having the proper water system is vital. Your best option would be to utilize an irrigation system on a timer so your lawn and plants are taken care of on a daily basis without any hassle. Another option would be hand-watering or moving a sprinkler throughout the landscape, although this is very time consuming and you have to make sure you don’t miss any sections of your lawn.
If you have any questions or have a job too big to handle yourself, don’t hesitate to contact the Realty Landscaping team.