After a long snowy harsh winter, it's normal for piles of snow to build up around a lawn from the constant shoveling and plowing of roadways. The arrival of spring is delightful and it brings new life into the frosty and frozen nature.
Soon you will notice the snow gone and it is time for landscaping your outdoor, which many of your residents in your building look forward to. Spring landscape maintenance tasks are vital for a healthy and attractive landscape. This article is intended to give a simple, easy to follow guide covering the most important spring landscape maintenance tasks.
Spring cleanup is not only cleaning the leaves from the garden. A detail cleanup includes, Drain and ditch cleanup , leaf and brush cleaning, perennial dead part removal, loosen up the mulched area, sand and salt removal from the paved area, cut back the roots and foliage of the plants which interfere with paved area and passages, cut back the broken or injured branches, etc.
Spring is the ideal time for pruning a wide variety of shrubs and trees. A properly pruned tree looks as natural as possible; that is to say, the tree’s appearance reflects its fundamental form and character. The pruner must be sensitive to maintaining this structural integrity, in addition to knowing a bit about tree biology and proper pruning principles.
Thatch is the term used in landscaping for the organic materials build up between living grass and the soil’s surface. This build up is composed mainly of the roots, rhizomes, grass blades, etc which tend to break down more slowly than they build up. Opening up this layer will allow the nutrients, water and air to penetrate into the root systems. Note- the inappropriate detaching might damage the lawn rather than benefit.
Core aeration is perforating soil with small holes by removing thousands of plugs of soil using aerator machine. This will open the lawn, reduce the soil compaction and allow water and nutrients to penetrate better into the root system. Also it helps lawn to improve its root system and grow thicker faster and denser. Note that if you are performing core aeration you don’t need to detach the lawn.
Plant bed soil looses its nutrients during the years by plant use, wash down and chemical activity. Proper soil improvement by fertilizing, cultivating, adding organic matters or mulching helps the soil to maintain its fertility. Another common problem on the soil is drainage. Some soil has poor drainage and some drain and dry very fast. These problems can be address by adding sand and/ or organic matter depends on the bed condition, position and plant species.
Although water is one of the first essential for plants but over watering is a common mistake that every year kills thousands of plant materials in the urban landscapes. Some irrigation systems designed based on the plant condition and needs at the time of planting, during the years plants condition and the size will change and the irrigation systems need to be adjusted due to these changes. A poor irrigation system may result drought in one spot and over watering on the other and this will result poor plant condition, waste of water and money. By adjusting and improving the irrigation system you can save money and improve your landscape.
Regardless of the landscape style that you are maintaining, if you start off on the right foot in the spring you will be well on your way a beautiful landscape to enjoy throughout the coming year.