Spring Yard Cleanups
With spring knocking on the door, it’s time to get your lawn ready for the season with some TLC. You don’t want to be the only house on the block with a brown lawn, right? It’s time to get started now, and T&B Landscape and Irrigation can help with our full throughout the Andovers. Cleaning up the remnants of winter is key this month, and here’s how to go about it.
Pruning and Trimming
Pruning dead and damaged branches is a critical part of your spring yard cleanup, especially since they’ve been damaged by cold, snow, and wind. A good rule of thumb is prune back to live stems, with the main goal being to get the sunlight and air to reach the center of the shrubs. When it comes to overgrown evergreens, trim back branches that are going in a direction you want to encourage.
Rake out all dead leaves from last year from your garden beds and mulch areas. Leaving them there could smother your plants and breed disease. Rake up the layer of mulch from last year as well to make way for a new layer once you’ve done your plantings a little later in the spring. Spread fertilizer at this time so that the season’s rains will carry those nutrients to the roots of plants.
Once you’ve raked up all those leaves, rather than bag and dump them, throw them into a compost pile along with cuttings and dead foliage. To encourage decomposition, add shredded leaves and chip branches, and make sure the pile stays quite damp. Using a pitchfork, aerate it twice a month.
Using a rake or broom, encourage all the gravel to return to your aggregate walkways and patios. If you have flagstones, refill the joints through the addition of new sand or stone dust. Spray with water so it can set in. Have those pesky freeze-thaw cycles of winter thrown your pavers out of place? Take them out and put in new base material to re-set.
Take a look at your wooden fences. Do you see any rotted or damaged boards or pickets? Patch rot with wood epoxy and replace any wood you can’t repair. Prep your fence for a fresh coat of paint or stain by scraping off all the old stuff, then sanding and prepping.
Aerate the Grass
Many homeowners neglect this step but it’s important, particularly for high-traffic areas that can get compacted quite easily and stifle the roots. The process of aerating will provide those roots with the air and space they need to breathe, take in nutrients and moisture, and grow.
What We Do
Turn to the professionals to handle the above tasks and so much more, including:
- Custom plantings
- Sod installation
For total care of your landscape this spring and beyond, rely on T&B Landscape and Irrigation, proudly serving Andover and North Andover. Contact us now for a free estimate on spring yard cleanups.