It may not completely feel like spring yet but, believe us, it is on the way. The crocuses will begin to pop, the grass will green up and the trees will start showing buds. One of the more concrete ways to see the emergence of one of our favorite seasons, is to ready your yard. Not only will it make your yard look more attractive, but it will also strengthen your lawn against environmental stressors such as weeds and pests. Arrowhead Landscaping recommends several steps to clean up your yard this spring.
Remove Leaves, Twigs and Debris
After a winter of snow and wind, your yard may look a little worse for wear. In order to make your lawn look well-kept and allow for the grass to thrive, you will want to rake up all the leaves that were missed during your fall clean up, as well as twigs and branches that may have fallen during winter storms. Too many leaves may choke out the sun and nutrients that your grass is going to need in the coming weeks. A layer of wet leaves can also harbor fungal diseases. Removal of these items can benefit the health of your spring lawn.
A step that many homeowners tend to ignore or forget is loosening the compaction of the soil that happens naturally over time or in high traffic areas. By loosening the soil, moisture and nutrients are allowed to get into the soil, right down to the roots.
If you notice that areas of your lawn are not greening up, but rather, looking brown, you may want to consider reseeding. There are several options depending upon the size and location of your browning areas. Sod, the most expensive option, will be an instant fix. Hydroseeding can be a fairly fast fix for larger areas or areas that are prone to erosion. Most homeowners choose rotary seeding for small areas that need help.
Edging and Mulching
Nothing make a yard look professionally manicured like a cleanly edged garden. Deep edges can help define the flower beds from the turf areas. In addition to edging, mulching adds fresh organic material the bushes, plantings or flowers as well as allowing for retention of moisture.
Trimming Shrubs and Bushes
The spring is a good time to trim back bushes that have gotten unruly. The trimming can be beneficial as it may improve the tree/bush health. It is also a good time to trim off broken areas that were caused by heavy snow or strong winds.
If your lawn is watered via a sprinkler system, now is the time for a “spring start up.” Professionals can check the irrigation system, make sure the heads were not damaged over the winter, and set the timers for the appropriate watering for this time of year.
Spring clean ups take a lot of work and can cost you a weekend or two if you go it alone. If you would like to have our team at Arrowhead Landscaping conduct your spring clean up, call our office at (978) 774-4487 or visit our website. We are a full-service landscaping company based out of Danvers, MA that’s been in business since 1998. We pride ourselves on giving exceptional services to our residential and commercial customers. We specialize in hardscape design and stonework. No job is too small or too large.