Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup

spring cleanup

A well planned spring cleanup will benefit your lawn and flowerbeds while ensuring a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole season. A spring cleanup which includes spring lawn care and spring flowerbed care is individualized and quite specific for what your yard needs. Contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping and arrange spring cleanup services. Now is also the time to contemplate and plan for summer landscaping projects.

Spring Lawn Care:

In April and May it is important to assess your lawn after the snow has receded and exposed your lawn. Assess if there are problems such as snow mold, winter kill, damage from snowplows, salt damage, grub damage and so on. If there are problems contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping to assess the damage and recommend the appropriate treatment(s).

In the spring a soil test should be done to see what the pH,N,P&K levels are so appropriate fertilization throughout the season can be applied accordingly.

Raking of your lawn is important and if there is a thatch problem then your lawn should be de-thatched to prevent pest infestations such as cinch bugs. Thatch results when organic matter collects faster than it decomposes. Thatch problems arise when lawns are over-fertilized, over-watered and have insufficient microbial activity in the soil.

Core aeration should be done every spring to alleviate compaction, increase oxygen to roots of grass, stimulate microbial activity and inprove soil structure and water flow. Spring aeration should take place only when the ground has firmed up. If done too early aeration will damage new shoots of grass and compact soils, especially clay-based soils. It is vital that the aerator have the weights attached to ensure true core aeration.

Spring fertilizers should be applied only after the lawn greens up and is growing. Follow best management practices of right product, right rate, right time, and right place. See our article on Best Management Practices under Ask an Expert blogs.

Over-seeding is a vital component of spring lawn care. Natural and organic lawn care depends on over-seeding as part of a proper individualized lawn care program. Over-seeding with the correct type of seed is important. With over-seeding, more is better. Remember to keep seed moist so it can germinate and grow. Ensure that corn gluten products are not applied within 4 to 6 weeks of over-seeding.

Top dressing with screened composted top dressing pellets or screened composted top dressing soil is important to be done on a regular basis. The pellets can be and should be applied every spring whereas top dressing with soil should be done every three to five years as required. It depends on your lawn’s health condition as to whether you need to top dress with soil this spring or not. For an assessment and application of top dressing contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping. Over-seeding and/or re-seeding should be done with top dressing.

Soil conditioners/amendments such as lime, gypsum, etc. should be done in the spring if required based on soil test results, condition and health of lawn and to treat certain lawn problems such as dog urine spots, salt damage and so on. Contact our lawn care experts to assess, treat and evaluate your lawn.

Spring Flower Bed Care:

In March-April winter protective wrapping and rose covers should be removed from your shrubs and evergreens.

Fruit tree care needs to be done prior to leaf and flower buds. Fruit tree care means pruning and application of dormant oil with lime-sulfur spraying.

Flower bed cleanup with leaf and debris removal, weeding, cultivating and pruning needs to be done in May. Prune dead branches from established trees and shrubs. Cut back ornamental grasses. Prune back severely bluebeard and buddleia. Prune false cypress and pines. Prune all summer flowering shrubs. Shear groundcovers such as pachysandra to rejuvenate. Divide and transplant perennials as required such as asters, bee balm, lamb’s ears. Have Harmony Gardens Landscaping do soil testing of all your flowerbeds and gardens. Based on soil test results you will know what to use to fertilize and amend your gardens. Amend flower beds and gardens with compost or garden soil. Assess gardens for diseases and pests and utilize organic treatments as required. Once all perennials are visible and the flowerbeds have been cleaned up then an application of fresh mulch should be applied.

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