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Spring Cleanup Checklist

by The Walkers on 07/06/13

  •  Prune winter-killed branches, cut back spent flowering perennials,  and ornamental grasses.
  •  Thin out crowded beds by splitting up and transplanting overgrown plants to fill other bare spots.
  •  Rake away leaves, trash and debris from landscape beds, base of plants and shrubs, and from the lawn. This will prevent smothering the plants and roots for needed oxygen and sunlight.
  • Rake or till in weed inhibitors to flowerbeds to prevent or control future weed invasions.
  • Rake and loosen compacted soil and mulch in beds to allow for new shoots and bulbs to push through the surface. 
  • Evaluate the old mulch for depth and look for any mold. Remove old excessive mulch from beds and around plants or shrubs.
  • Apply 5-10-10 fertilizer around bulbs as soon as they begin to flower.
  • Apply soil amendments such as peat moss or mushroom compost in beds as needed.
  • Apply a 2”-3” depth of new mulch for a fresh appearance and to protect plants and roots.
  • Check for compacted soil and thatch in yard. Aerate to punch holes into the lawn for water, oxygen, and for the entrance of Fertilizer treatments. Remove excess thatch if it is more than a half inch thick.
  • Apply crabgrass, dandelion, and other major weed inhibitors through the lawn, before they begin to grow and get out of hand.
  • Reseed patches or over seed the entire lawn, but allow 2-4 weeks to pass after applying weed inhibitors to lawn.

     This is a good time to begin designing and planning landscape beds for the planting season. What would you like to see removed, replaced, or new? Also, examine any retaining walls or paver patios for shifting or cracks. Freshen up with new stones between rock patios or walk-ways or sweeping existing stones back in that may have shifted from winter or foot traffic. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or in need of guidance at (513) 305-5296.

 

     Tags: Maintenance,spring clean up,spring maintenance

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