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.
With the 2015 spring season now upon us, the spring cleanup process is more important than ever. After receiving a decent amount of snowfall this past winter, which included wet snow and gusty winds, the season created a backyard nightmare for almost everyone.
The following are some easy steps to follow to complete a successful spring cleanup:
- Removal of any fallen trees or limbs from the winter snow and ice damage
- Grinding of tree stumps that are a result of fallen trees
- Removal of the stump grinding and filling in with topsoil above grade, allowing for settlement
- Installation of the proper grass seed mix, and then straw mulch in the affected area
- Raking the lawn would be beneficial to remove all matted down leaves and debris so that the turf area can breathe and get the proper air circulation.
- Any wet areas should also be raked and cleaned of debris.
With spring just around the corner, we’re all hoping for a change of pace after this winter in Eastern Pennsylvania. The weather conditions have been difficult for everyone—especially your turf.
Repairing Damaged Turfgrass
Example of perennial rye ‘winterkill’
Repairing turfgrass that was damaged during the winter is one important spring chore. ‘Winterkill’ is a general term used to define turf loss during the winter.
A combination of factors can cause winterkill, including crown hydration, desiccation, low temperatures, ice sheets and snow mold. Because of the unpredictability of environmental factors and differences in other factors such as surface drainage, the occurrence of winterkill can vary greatly, even on the same property.