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
Yes it is that time of year where leaf clean ups and removals are going on all around us. Did you know that 75% of our fall waste stream is leaf debris? Most municipalities and even some private collection stations take this leaf debris and compost if for future use in planting or mulching around trees and shrubs! For many landscape companies leaf clean ups and removals are a service that is provided to their clients for many reasons: 1) One big reason to remove excessive leaf debris from parts of your landscape is that it can smother turf and actually kill some of the new grass that you just planted!!! Wet matted leaves can not only cut off the air supply to the turf-grass plant but they also block out the sun which the leaves need to turn into energy for food storage in the root areas for the upcoming growing months. So save your turf and get the heavy leaf accumulations off the grass over the winter months. During the growing season it is not an issue due to the turf being mowed on a regular basis. And by the way it is great for the soil and the turf if some of the leaves are chewed up and returned to the soil. You just want to make sure the leaves don’t smoother the turf blades! 2) For safety reasons it may be good to remove leaves from driveways, sidewalks and other hard surfaces as many of you may have found out; leaves are slippery, especially when wet!!! Leaves also can mask other hazards such as holes or other items that you cannot easily see which can cause you to trip or fall.