But before you can enjoy your property in the warmer months, you have some work ahead of you.
Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to the inside of your home. There are steps you can take to get your residential and commercial landscaping looking its best this season.
With that in mind, Realty Landscaping would like to offer homeowners and businesses this spring cleaning checklist.
- Start pruning
After a long, cold winter, you likely have some plants with leaves that are brown and dead. It’s time to get rid of those leaves. Cutting them off promotes strong growth in the rest of the plant.
- Aerate your soil
Once you’ve finished pruning, it’s time to begin to clean and aerate your soil. By loosening up the earth around your plants, you’re improving the overall health of the soil.
- Say goodbye to leaves and debris
Months of snow and rain have probably left leaves and debris all over your property. Much of it will be easy to spot, but some will be harder to get rid of. Be sure the check under larger shrubs. Consider using a leaf blower to get leaves and debris out of harder-to-reach areas.
- Edge your plant beds
When you edge your plant beds, you’re defining the spaces of your landscaping, and making sure that your turf isn’t encroaching on your bed areas. It’s one of the most crucial parts of your spring cleanup.
- Put down new mulch
Spring is the perfect time to put down new mulch around your flower beds and trees. It helps your soil retain moisture, decreases runoff and protects soil from the sun.
The best way to apply mulch is by using a five-prong pitchfork to spread an even two inch layer throughout the plant beds. When that’s done, use the backside of a leaf rake to smooth out the mulch. Follow that by using the flat edge of a grading rake to tamp the edges of the planting bed.
- Fertilize your lawn
Before you use fertilizer, have your soil tested by an expert. A soil sample can tell you which fertilizer your lawn needs. Using a push spreader, the first round is between February and April, and then a second round in late spring, between April and early June. You can also put down pre-emergent crabgrass and weed control when you’re laying down fertilizer.
- Check your irrigation system
All of your work will be for nothing if you can’t water your plants the right way. Your best bet is using a timed irrigation system, so that your lawn and your plants get water on a daily basis. You can try hand watering, or moving a sprinkler around the landscape, but these methods take a lot of time, and don’t guarantee you’ll hit every section of your lawn.
Warmer weather is just around the corner. If you’re a homeowner, you want to enjoy your property. If you’re a business owner, you want to show it off. Realty Landscaping can help in either case. Contact us today and find out how our lawn care professionals can help you this spring, and in every season with our PA commercial & residential landscaping services.