Now that spring has arrived, you may be excited to plant new greenery and flowers. However, it is important that your yard is in good shape before you begin. Why? Because it will improve the conditions for planting. Plus, you will enjoy it much more. Here’s your spring checklist of things to do to get your yard in shape:
- Prune flowers, shrubs, and trees.
If your trees or shrubs experienced cold damage, they will need to be trimmed back to the live part of the stems. Shrubs that bloom in the spring should not be pruned until after they flower. However, summer-blooming shrubs can be pruned in the spring. And flowering perennials should be cut back to four or five inches in height.
- Clear and edge garden and flower beds.
If flower beds still contain leaves and debris from winter, they need to be cleaned out. Also, pull up any dead plants and remaining mulch from the previous year. Fertilize the garden and flower beds and edge them before planting new plants or laying fresh mulch.
- Grass and lawn maintenance.
Sometime in early spring, the sod’s pH level should be tested. Also, any damaged turf should be removed. The yard may need to be reseeded in some areas. Spring is also a good time to fertilize the yard and treat it for crabgrass. And while you may not have had to cut the grass much over the winter, it will soon grow rapidly (if it hasn’t already done so). So, it will need to be cut more frequently again.
- Clean and refresh hardscapes and outdoor living spaces.
This is also the time of year that people begin utilizing outdoor spaces more. Are yours in good shape? If they still look tired from winter, spruce them up. Clean dirt and debris from hardscapes. Wipe off tables, chairs, and outdoor kitchen surfaces. And set out fresh, bright seat cushions and pillows for a new spring look.
At Shorb Landscaping, we can help you get your yard back in shape for spring. Give us a call at 301-897-3503.