Spring To-Do List

 

If you were looking for the perfect time to do some spring cleanups, now is that time!  With most of us home from work and school, the need to do something other than stare at a screen is going to arise sooner than later. Let’s get outside and spruce up the yard!  Its a great mood booster, counts as your workout for the day, and gives you a sense of accomplishment in your day.  Here are some great “To-Do’s” to get you started:

    • rake leaves from the yard as well as landscaping and garden beds.
    • pick up fallen branches (great for bonfires = s’mores!)
    • turn over barkmulch – use a hard rake to “fluff” up the existing mulch. This will help you determine if you need to add more to freshen up.
    • pruning – its not as scary as you think!
      • most woody shrubs can be cut back by 1/3 to promote new, healthy growth. If it is a flowering plant, give us a call first – some will not bloom if trimmed in the spring. 
      • perennials – most can be cut back to only a few inches tall. This will make room for new growth. Also, if you want to divide these, now is the time.
      • ornamental grasses – cut back as close to the ground as possible.
      • roses – look for green growth towards the bottom of the plant. Cut back dark branches to where the green growth starts.
      • hydrangeas – don’t worry, its not too hard… Garden Answer has an AMAZING video that walks you through it (see below)
    • check edging and border stones – if it has heaved out of the ground, it may need to be re-set.
    • unwrap evergreens that were covered for winter. Remove burlap, netting and twine.
    • hardscape maintenance – wash off pavers and retaining walls. Make notes on condition – may want to apply a sealer later in the season.
    • clean bird feeders – put out a fresh stock of seed.
    • maintain garden tools – clean and lubricate shears and trimmers.
    • make notes of bare areas – maybe you’ll be looking for a new shrub to accent that area?
    • clean out fire pits and fire places.
    • remove leaves from gutters.
    • pressure wash your siding, driveway, garbage cans, sidewalks, etc.
    • take stock of gardening supplies (fertilizer, potting soil, grass seed, mulch, etc.) – make shopping list for Garden Center
    • plan your fruit & veggie garden – what produce do you purchase the most that you’d like to grow at home? 
    • add planting soil or compost to gardens as needed and till in – some preparations now will make planting easier! 
    • order your bulk products for delivery – there are several products available NOW
      • Black Magic Barkmulch
      • Lite Natural Barkmulch
      • Dark Walnut Barkmulch
      • Ruby Red Barkmulch
      • Bulk Compost
      • Bulk Screened Sand
      • Bulk Screened Topsoil (available in a couple weeks) 
      • Sandy Loam Complete Planting Soil
      • Autumn Red Decorative Stone
      • Sunset Lite Decorative Stone
      • Washed & Crushed Gravels

Doing some outdoor “chores” will give your yard a whole new look! Get the whole family involved on a nice day and enjoy the Springtime weather!