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Spring Cleanup Landscaping Checklist

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As Northern Ohio’s leader in commercial landscaping, we know how important spring cleanup landscaping is to keeping your property looking its best. Spring cleanup landscaping is a general cleanup of your property and readies your property for summer. Get a jumpstart on summer with this spring cleanup landscaping checklist.

Spring Cleanup for Commercial Landscaping

1. Clean Up Leaves, Trash, and Debris

Leaves, branches, and twigs accumulate throughout the winter and must be cleaned up before mowing. Getting leaves and debris off of turf is critical to allow the lawn to breathe. A thorough spring cleanup prepares beds for fresh mulch and annual flowers.

2. Grass and Perennial Cutbacks

Not cutting back plants is one of the biggest mistakes when caring for perennials. It causes them to become overgrown, unsightly, and can result in them crowding other plants. Since grass dies off every year, it needs to be cut back to make room for new growth or it will look messy.

Deep Edge Planting Beds and Tree Rings

Deep edging around plant beds and tree rings is a lot like adding a frame around landscaped areas.

A hand spade or mechanical shaper is used to produce a distinct edge between your turf and beds — something that needs to be done before pre-emergent and fresh mulch are applied.

A deep manicured edge will help hold back grassroots and weeds from creeping into a landscaped bed. It also makes mowing up to flower bed edges easier and greatly reduces the risk of damage.

Apply Pre-Emergent Herbicide

A pre-emergent doesn’t kill existing weeds. Instead, it prevents weeds from taking root in the first place. When this step is taken routinely, it reduces the need for weed killers later in the year.

Pre-emergent should be applied early in the season when soil temperatures are still below 50 degrees. If applied too late, you run the risk of battling weeds all spring and summer long.

Add a Fresh Layer of Mulch

Once pre-emergent has been applied, adding a fresh layer of mulch next can do wonders for a winter-worn landscape.

Mulch is an essential part of your commercial landscaping maintenance plan, and adding a fresh layer of mulch in the spring comes with a handful of benefits. It can curb weed germination and growth and help soil retain moisture and stay cooler as temperatures rise. This is extremely valuable during the summer heat.

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Maintaining your landscape not only increases your property’s value, but provides a safe outdoor space for the people who visit, work, and live on your property. At Schill Grounds Management, we can help you with a wide range of commercial landscaping services. Our team works closely with you to find ways to improve your property and make the best first impression for your clients, customers, employees, residents, or guests. Contact us to learn more about our commercial landscaping cleanup services for spring.

Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Spring cleanups, Commercial Landscaping

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