Start Your Spring Lawn Cleaning on Time
Taking care of your lawn in the spring takes far less time than it does in the fall, but it’s still something that you shouldn’t neglect. And, with spring just around the corner (March 20), now is as good a time as any to start your spring lawn cleaning.
On that note, here are some tips you might find useful:
- Clean around the plants
Fallen leaves and dead foliage add nothing to your lawn and are a perfect breeding ground for various diseases that can attack your plants. Rake them out to allow your precious plants to breathe and grow properly. As for the dead leaves and foliage, you can send them to a nearby organic yard waste.
- Prune trees and shrubs
Some of the branches on your trees or shrubs will undoubtedly get damaged during the winter by the cold, the snow, or the wind. Use a hand pruner to shape the edges of your shrubs and a handsaw for anything larger than half an inch in diameter to prune away such branches and allow new, healthy ones to grow.
- Take care of perennials and ornamentals
When it comes to your perennials and ornamentals, you should cut the first to about 4 to 5 inches high and the second to about 2-3 inches if you want new ones to grow.
You should also make sure that the perennials are not too crowded together, so dig them up and divide them where necessary, but don’t forget to leave at least three stems per each clump.
- Dump waste into your compost pile
Now that you have everything cleaned, the question is – what should you do with all the leaves, foliage, last year’s mulch, branches and other debris you’ve collected?
Simply dump everything in your compost pile. Keep this pile moist and aerate it every two weeks or so. If there are any branches that are too large for the pile (it should be a cube with each side about 3 inches), cut or shred those.