Cleaning up your yard in spring can be a daunting and downright overwhelming task. That is especially true here in Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington where we have an abundance of foliage and ever-changing weather conditions. Spring cleanup, however, is an essential task that should be performed on schedule, not merely for the sake of having greater curb appeal (although, that is an added incentive). Cleaning up your landscape in spring is vital to removing debris that can cause disease or pests to grow within your landscape. In this post, we will go over some tasks that any well-rounded spring cleanup should include.
From leaves and branches to pet waste and garbage, debris has the tendency to accumulate throughout our yards. Removing this debris is important for maintaining the health of your lawn. Therefore, pet waste and litter should be picked up and disposed of properly. Leaves and branches should be raked, collected, and removed as soon as possible.
Mowing and Edging
Perhaps the most obvious task of any spring cleanup is mowing and edging. Cutting your grass properly and regularly encourages root growth and greatly helps to maintain a healthy lawn. Edging helps to define your lawn areas and creates a clean boundary between lawns, beds, and walkways.
Flowerbeds should be cleared of any debris too. Furthermore, weeds that may have been left to grow should be addressed as well. Urban Eden Landscaping prefers organically treating and removing weeds through the use of specialized tools or by hand. Weeds left unchecked during this time of year will quickly become more established, spreading their seeds and ensuring further weed growth. Therefore, addressing weeds as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Trees and Shrubs
Early spring is one of the best times of year to properly prune and trim your shrubs and trees. Pruning and trimming are delicate processes that require practice and patience, so hiring a professional landscaper is essential for proper care. For more information about trimming and pruning, including an explanation for how these two tasks differ, click here.
Mulching is another important task that should be performed during this time of year. There are many benefits of mulching and a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Mulching not only enhances the beauty of your landscape, but it also helps defend against weed growth and erosion, helps retain moisture and insulation and adds nutrients to your soil as it breaks down.
Aerating and Dethatching
Throughout the year, your lawn becomes riddled with dead grass and other small debris, known as thatch. Dethatching helps to remove this built-up layer of debris, allowing air, light, and moisture to reach the roots of your grass. Compaction is another issue that can threaten the health of your lawn. Aerating helps to relieve this compaction. Spring is an ideal time to perform both of these tasks so that your lawn is healthiest during the growing season.
Fertilizer provides your lawn with the nutrients it may be lacking. Over winter, your lawn relies on stored nutrients, so, by the time spring rolls around, most of these nutrients are depleted. Providing your lawn with a healthy dose of fertilizer ensures your lawn has all of the necessary ingredients it needs in order to thrive.
If these services are performed during your spring cleanup, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful landscape year-round. Urban Eden Landscaping has years of experience and all of the right tools to get your landscape looking its best this spring. Call us today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or fill out our FREE estimate request form now.