Spring cleaning isn't just something that you do indoors — your landscaping can also benefit from some seasonal care. If you are unsure what spring cleaning means when in reference to your yard, the following guide can help.

Cut Back Dead Plant Crowns

It's not uncommon to leave dead plant stems in the garden for winter interest and to protect the crowns of perennial plants. This technique is most often used with ornamental grasses, which tend to look good for several months after they die and dry out, but there are also some flowers where stems are left for winter interest, like coneflowers. Regardless of the plant or the reason, early spring is to cut all off these dead stems back to within a couple of inches of the ground. Removing the old dead growth makes way for the tender new spring growth.

Rake Up Winter Debris

Broken twigs, fallen leaves, and other debris can litter the yard or collect in the nooks and crannies after a long winter. Get out the rake and get work removing all of this debris. If it's left on the lawn too long, it can smother the grass as it comes out of dormancy, resulting in dead spots throughout the lawn. Old yard debris can also harbor insect pests or their eggs, so you want to get everything cleaned up and off your property before the pests wake up for the season.

Refresh Your Mulch

Mulch is the magic ingredient in any landscape. Not only does it cover bare soil to make it more attractive, but it also suppresses weeds and maintains soil moisture. After a long winter season, mulch can begin to look faded or thin. Spring is the perfect time to bring in a fresh load of mulch to spread over all your garden beds. Maintain a mulch depth of at least 3 inches to experience optimum benefits.

Top Off the Lawn

It can be disheartening to see your lawn after the snow melts. There may be worn or dead patches, bits of snow mold, and yellowed grass tips. Fortunately, it can be green and lush again within a week or two. Begin by applying a spring fertilizer treatment to encourage fresh new growth. As soon as the grass begins to grow, cut the grass so you can remove the dead or moldy grass tips. If the grass seems thin in spots, consider aerating the ground and reseeding over the existing grass to thicken it up.

For more help, contact a landscaping service in your area.

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