You have probably heard the term “spring cleaning.” As the weather warms up, you want to perform some of those cleaning tasks around your commercial property. Your landscape needs love after the harsh winter weather. These tasks are essential for the health and maintenance of your outdoor spaces. Here are a few jobs that you will want to mark off your commercial spring checklist.
Clean Up That Yard
Before you start to plant flowers, you will want to clean up all that debris from the winter. Dead grass, pinecones, and leaves might be on your lawn. If you see this debris, make sure to rake them up. After the harsh winter, your garden beds are filled with dead stalks and leaves. Any debris stunts the growth of new plants and flowers. Spring is the time to remove those dead elements from your landscapes. Unfortunately, garbage can find its way onto your lawn during the winter. You want to remove any trash. Not only does it spruce up your appearance, but it will help to keep your property in top shape.
If you have not raked the leaves for the fall, your lawn could have developed snow mold over the winter. This fungal disease leaves patches of brown turf on your grass. You can start to treat this issue with products that help break down the fungus and promote healthy lawn growth. Raking is also essential in the spring. A deep raking can control any thatch from building up in your yard.
Prepare Your Garden Beds for Fertilizing
For those established perennial beds, you might want to add some compost around the plants. Spring is an ideal time to remove any young weeds from the area. If you have any extra compost, you can feed other parts of your landscape, such as trees, shrubs, and grasses. Compost is an excellent alternative to fertilizer since it will not burn the plants.
However, you can still use traditional fertilizer in your landscape. You always want to follow the instructions on the packaging. The “weed and feed” products are the most convenient options for many people. These fertilizers contain a pre-emergent herbicide that can prevent pesky crabgrass from popping up in your lawn.
If you don’t have an established planting bed, you will need to complete a few steps. Make sure to till the soil to break the new ground. You can raise those garden beds to avoid any issues with drainage. Springtime is the perfect time to place landscaping fabric on the ground. This layer prevents weeds from sprouting and protects the surface from harmful UV rays.
If you don’t want to use landscaping fabric, you can also place a layer of mulch on your soil. Mulching stops weeds from forming in your beds, and it can keep moisture in the ground. Mulch is a great way to achieve a low-maintenance yard for your commercial property.
Planting in Your Landscape
Early spring is an excellent time to plant shrubs and trees in your landscape. You can also install some flower borders throughout your property. For those sensitive perennials and annuals, you may want to wait until the last frost has passed before you plant them.
In the spring, you might want to think about planting new grass, or you can begin to overseed an existing lawn. However, if you plan to use a pre-emergent, it is best to wait until the fall for the overseeding process.
Prevent Garden Pests and Weeds
Before pesky weeds take over your lawn, you want to stop them in their tracks. Mulch and landscaping fabric can help prevent weeds in a garden bed, but they don’t work for those grassy areas. In that case, you will want to use a pre-emergent herbicide. These chemicals work well to control crabgrass.
You want to use a pre-emergent in the spring. During this season, crabgrass starts to germinate between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If you apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring, you can have better control of those weeds. It is better to manage them in the spring than wait until they have spread throughout your yard.
Pests are another problem for your landscape. Take some time to block off certain areas from rabbits and deer. If you have issues with grubs and other damaging insects, you can start to apply chemicals to treat them. For an expert opinion on pest control, you might want to consult a commercial lawn care company.
Prune Those Shrubs
With winter in the rearview mirror, it is time to remove any damaged branches from your shrubs. All those dead branches can affect the health of your shrubs. You can take a pair of heavy-duty scissors or shears and clip off the dead wood. Healthy wood can be pruned, but you want to be more cautious with these clippings. If you cut the wrong branch, you might damage the rest of the shrub. It might be best to have a professional handle this chore.
Remove Old Mulch
You know that adding fresh mulch is ideal in the spring, but you definitely want to clean out any of that old mulch. This older mulch compacts in your garden beds and disrupts those perennials from breaking the soil’s surface. You should wait to remove mulch until after the last frost of the season. After the old mulch has been removed, you can replace it with fresher options.
As you can tell, there are plenty of chores on your springtime commercial landscape checklist. If you don’t have the time to take care of these tasks, you may want to hire a professional lawn care company to handle them for you.
Let Us Help With Your Spring Checklist
At Charlestown Landscaping LLC, we have the experience to tackle those items on your spring checklist. We can get your commercial landscape ready for the spring and summer seasons. Throughout the year, our commercial lawn care services will take care of your outdoor spaces. If you would like to learn more about our maintenance plans, please give us a call at (610) 608-3965.