Springtime is a time for fun and frolic in the fine weather. However, for those into landscaping, this is also a busy season with many calls for spring cleaning gardens and green spaces. Here are some tips to make springtime garden clean-up easy for landscaping professionals.
Get rid of the old to prepare for the new
The first step is to get your gardening supplies ready to do an overall clean-up by removing the debris covering the garden. This could be fallen leaves from the trees and shrubs. It could also be more substantial debris like pine cones or branches. While you are at it, take down any seasonal decorations that had been hung up earlier too. This will give you access to all of the garden and its features to do a thorough cleaning.
Regarding access, start by removing any garden furniture or standing decors like garden gnomes or birdbaths. This allows you to reach every part of the garden. The furniture and décor can also be cleaned out properly without damaging the garden.
During the winter season, the delicate plants may have been protected with mulch. Remove the mulch now, along with any other kind of winter protection added in the previous months. This could be protective covering like wraps or plant covers.
Springtime is a great time to do the weeding before the weeds take over the greenery. Carefully pull out weeds, paying attention to new shoots as well. Dead grass is also something that needs your attention now. After de-weeding, add a fresh layer of mulch to keep new weeds from sprouting up.
Lawn care and garden beds
The lawn is best raked when the ground is completely thawed out from the winter and beginning to dry. Until then, let the rake stay in the gardening supplies closet. If the garden has many trees, focus on pruning them first before you get to your lawn. This way, you avoid messing up a cleaned property too. But fruiting or flowering trees should be left alone until they have stopped blooming. Shrubs and hedges also need pruning, but do these with a hand pruner that gives you better control. Ensure that sunshine can reach the heart of the shrub.
Perennials need to be pruned, too, so that they can grow afresh. This also helps control the overcrowding that can easily happen with these. Use scissors to do your pruning for better and easier precision.
Garden beds need a quick look over to see if any of the plants have come out. Tamp them back in or replant them. Mulch is one of your essential landscaping supplies here, but a fresh layer goes on only after the spring planting is done.
Check your hardscape
Apart from cleaning out your patio furniture and garden décor, your hardscape needs attention too. If you have a natural stone pathway or pavers, check if any part of it has sustained damage. Sometimes, the natural stone shifts out of place too. Put it back in place and get replacements for the broken ones at this time. Remember to refill the joints between pavers/ flagstones that are sure to be exposed after a year of use. If you have used decorative pebbles to edge your flower beds or garden paths, refill or replace these as well.
Clean the flagstones or pathways with a pressure wash and ensure all the mould, mildew, and stains are completely out. The advantage of natural stone is that it is resilient and easy to clean out with a simple high-pressure wash, a must-have piece of landscaping supplies equipment.
Springtime is when you give the garden a thorough once over and return it to its peak beauty for the upcoming year. Get all the gardening supplies ready and get to work so that every aspect of each garden can be taken care of appropriately.
Contact FSI Landscape Supply today for your landscape spring cleaning supplies.