Spring Cleaning – To Prune or Not To Prune? That is the Question..

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Spring Cleaning – To Prune or Not To Prune? That is the Question..

March is right around the corner and with that comes thoughts of baseball season, March Madness and of warm, spring weather. Its’ our time to come out of hibernation; replace our snow boots for flip flops (maybe) and assess how things look as the winter thaw subsides. What this means for you, that it is time for spring cleaning both inside and outside your home.

Your yard, trees, plants, bushes and remnants of your garden, all take a beating during the winter months. In order to have golf course type lawns this summer, you must start preparing your property now.

The first thing we recommend is to take inventory of what your turf, trees, bushes and all plants look like. Do you have dead spots throughout your turf, tree limbs hanging down and broken, damage to shrubs and plants; what areas do you need to focus on?

Next, eliminate dead turf and turn over your yard and add new soil and seed. Water the area daily to promote growth. During this process you will see downed tree limbs, loose dirt and leaves. Remove these items from your lawn so they do not hinder new growth.

During the spring cleaning process, it is also important to prune bushes and cut back trees to encourage progress. However, specific species should be pruned at different times, so do your homework before becoming Edward Scissor Hands on your plants.

Pull weeds from your garden and flower beds and prepare the area with new soil by turning it over just as you did your lawn. Sketch out a flower design for your beds; one in which the colors compliment the exterior of your home or attract certain types of butterflies and birds. For your garden, even those of us that don’t have a green thumb can grow herbs and some of the heartier veggies.

Spring cleaning is all about getting your property ready so you can play outside all summer. It is a lot of work and it will take up a lot of your time but getting the work done now, means yard ball games, BBQ’s and becoming the envy of all of your neighbors.

If you are not sure where to start yard spring cleaning, have questions on pruning, landscape design, and are looking to install a sprinkler system, Sunrise Landscape and Design is your trusted partner for over 25 years and we are happy to get you started on your spring cleaning. Outside of course; the spring cleaning of your interior is all you!