With the arrival of spring, comes the distinctive pull to get outside, and welcome its beauty by doing our part to spruce up our yards. While many homeowners are spring cleaning the interiors of their homes, many others are finding themselves outside listening to the birds serenading and watching the flowers bloom, as they prepare for a successful growing season.
Following these 6 tips for spring cleaning your yard, can put you on the right path to increasing the value of your home’s landscaping, and ensuring its beauty:
Tip #1 – Tidy up Any Debris
Tidy up any noticeable debris, including any fallen branches and twigs. If your yard is covered with leaves, you’ll have no choice but to break out your rake to clean it up, but before you do so you’ll want to ensure the ground is completely dry in order to avoid doing some serious damage to your grass.
Tip #2 – Tree Trimming
Lightly trimming your trees early on in the season, to rid it of dead or damaged branches, greatly contributes to its overall health and longevity. But, be careful not to overdo it, as it can cause your tree to become stressed as it attempts to regenerate. The International Society of Arboriculture advises against trimming more than 25% of tree’s canopy in any one season.
Tip #3 – Cut Back and Divide Perennials
Prune any flowering perennials within your yard to an overall height of 4 to 5 inches and ornamental grasses to an overall height of 2 to 3 inches. This allows new growth to shoot up and makes room to plant new seeds. The best tool to use for this is a sharp set of pruning shears.
Tip #4 – Work in Quality Compost
After you’ve finished tidying up, you may want to spread and work in a healthy layer of nutrient rich composted material (preferably organic). Additionally, spreading out a 3” layer of mulch can help you to retain moisture, as well as keep weeds at bay.
Tip #5 – Plant New Growth
Now, is the time to plant new trees, plants and shrubs to get a head start on a successful growing season. With this tip, we highly recommend reading all of the information included with your new plant, as it contains important information regarding when and where to plant.
Tip # 6 – Calling in the Pros’
If tree trimming and yard maintenance is included within your spring cleaning checklist, you don’t have to go it alone, as there is reliable help out there. At Branch Management Tree Service, we can help you make all of your dreams for your yard a reality, by providing quality advice and landscaping services. To acquire more information on our services, please feel free to contact us at (480) 970-1315.