Spring maintenance tips

Lawn care and landscaping tips to start Spring off right

When getting your gardens and beds ready for spring and summer remember to clean up dead foliage. Rake out debris and weeds-this is also a good time to re-edge your beds.

As a general rule, to keep your landscape looking neat, if needed, prune spring flowering shrubs after they finish flowering (to enjoy their flowers), and prune those summer flowering shrubs in the spring.

It's time to start thinking about landscaping again, and spring is a great time for pruning evergreens such as boxwood, junipers, taxus, etc.

When cleaning up your landscape and getting ready for spring, remember to keep your mulch levels at 1-3 inches maximum, and never place the mulch against the trunks of trees.

As the weather and soil moisture allow, start planting new trees, shrubs, evergreens and perennials. Add early spring colors to your landscape and containers by planting cold hardy pansies and take advantage of containers for early crops of greens.

One of the most important landscaping tips is to clean out winter debris from the lawn, a small task that many overlook.

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