Its only a matter of weeks before well be back in the great outdoors, so we decided theres no time like the present to begin preparing for the to-do list thats soon to arrive. Rather than get overwhelmed from the beginning, we recommend breaking that long list of seasonal chores down by type and season to keep your sanity and to keep your landscaping the talk of the neighborhood. Ready to tackle spring maintenance?
Spring Lawn Maintenance
- Fertilize lightly once snow has melted.
- Repair dead patches.
- If crabgrass is problematic, treat with a pre-emergent herbicide (place down around the time forsythia blooms in your area).
- Revive weak lawns by dethatching and aerating.
Spring Irrigation Maintenance
- Check controller settings, watering frequency and duration.
- Run through each station manually to ensure adequate coverage and that there are no leaks.
Spring Plant Maintenance
- Remove old mulch and re-mulch at the base of trees and shrubs.
- Prune and clean up dead, broken, or diseased branches.
- Prune summer-flowering shrubs (leave spring bloomers alone until after they bloom).
- Rake, fertilize, and trim groundcovers.
- Remove any dead shrubs or groundcovers.
- Amend soil with organic matter.
- Prune and plant roses.
- Divide overcrowded perennials.
- Plant fruit trees and shrubs; fertilize several weeks before bloom with a fruit-tree plant food.
- Prune vines growing over arbors and trellises.
- Cut back spring bulb foliage as it yellows.
Spring Hardscape Maintenance
- Clean wooden decks; protect with sealant or stain as needed.
- Move furniture out of storage; clean and repaint as needed.
- Repair cracks in paved areas.
- Organize the garden shed.
- Replace wiring and bulbs as needed on outdoor fixtures.
- Sharpen lawn mower and pruning tools.