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Spring Cleaning Inside And Out To Welcome In The Season Of Renewal

5th April 2013

As the weather warms, we are starting to feel that familiar desire to clear the cobwebs from a long winter indoors.  We are starting to see the lawns return to green and we are being awakened to the song of birds again. Spring is here and with it comes the annual chore of spring cleaning and we mean inside and out.

Looking around the yard and garden we can often see areas where dead perennials need to be removed and there are probably gifts from the neighborhood dogs as well as leaves that managed to avoid the rake in the fall.  Almost everything will also appreciate a good shower as the dirt and grime of winter could be heavy.  Once we have finished a thorough cleaning let’s look at the other areas we need to pay attention to.

Lawn

Once you have raked up the stray leaves take that chore a step further and rake the surface of the lawn which can help remove the “thatch” that can be heavy after the winter.  Make note of any balding or dying spots and take measurements in case this is the year to have new sod put in rather than trying to use bald patch products that can often mean disappointing results.

Flower Beds

The crocus are probably close, if not already, bringing us the first signs of flowers.  If you have established bulbs or if you planted last fall, the daffodils and tulips are starting to peek out in search of the warm sun. This is the time of year when they need to be fed and compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers.  Soil should be prepared to allow in more oxygen and a layer of mulch should be applied before the spring rains come.

Weed And Pest Proof

As the ground warms the crabgrass is one of the first to stir.  Before the soil reaches 55 degrees you should have an application of “pre-emergent herbicides” which are perfect for crabgrass control.  Mulch is an excellent natural weed control alternative around trees, in prepared flower beds and around the base of shrubs.  The most effective and environmentally friendly way to deal with bigger garden pests is through the use of good fencing.  The “greenest” way to deal with insect problems is through companion planting.

The University of Rhode Island’s Landscape Horticultural Program’s website has a great list of companion planting ideas such as “Basil planted among tomatoes may repel tomato hornworms”.

Most homes require a combination of both chemical as well as the more natural methods to handle all of the challenges you will meet in keeping your outdoors as “spruced up” as your indoors. 

We can help you with all your outdoor “spring cleaning” as well as being there to make sure your outdoor space remains vibrant and healthy all season.  Contact us soon to make sure you see the beautiful results this summer.