As we wistfully look ahead to spring, many of our clients are counting on a good old-fashioned spring cleanup to get their commercial landscapes in tip-top shape. Nothing says spring like the sound of leaf blowers on your commercial property, especially after a winter thaw.
But what if this time around our winter stays until June? Or maybe last fall you put an extra amount of care into your landscape before the first coating of snow. Is spring cleanup really necessary every year?
The short answer is yes. Not only does spring cleanup beautify your property, but it also ensures it’s healthy and ready to thrive in the summer. There are four spring cleanup services — all part of Schill’s C.A.R.E. program — that should be completed each year to breathe life back into your property after a long winter.
Four Necessary Spring Cleanup Services
Remove Leaves, Weeds And Other Landscape Debris
When it comes to spring cleanup for commercial properties, an out-with-the-old mentality takes center stage. Whether it’s blown, swept, or raked, an attractive landscape starts with the removal of leaves, weeds, litter, and fallen limbs. And while a debris-free property is a great start, this service isn’t done for aesthetics alone.
Landscape debris removal also prevents leaves and other organic material from rotting on your turf and in your beds. Rotting leaves lead to mold and mildew; they also attract pests and smother your turf’s access to sunlight and air circulation.
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.
When done properly, a deep manicured edge will help hold back grass roots 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. In most cases, when this preventive step is taken routinely, it reduces the need for post-emergents — weed killers — later in the year.
Applying pre-emergent herbicide to your shrub beds and tree rounds is all about timing. Pre-emergent should be applied early in the season when soil temperatures are still below 50 degrees. If pre-emergent is applied too late, you run the risk of battling weeds all spring and summer long.
Add A Fresh Layer Of Mulch
Once the pre-emergent has been applied, adding a fresh layer of mulch next can do wonders for a winter-worn landscape — like a fresh coat of paint.
Adding a three- to four-inch layer of new mulch in the spring comes with a handful of benefits for your beds. For starters, mulch can curb weed germination and growth. It also helps the soil retain moisture and stay cooler as temperatures rise, which can prove to be even more valuable in the summer heat.
Have You Scheduled Spring Cleanup for Your Commercial Property?
With more than 20 years of commercial landscaping experience, we’ve seen firsthand the role spring cleanup plays in the health and beauty of your landscape all year long. Skip it and you’re setting yourself up for landscape headaches come summer.
Don’t wait until the last minute — now is the ideal time to set yourself up for a successful spring by scheduling spring cleanup for landscaping on your commercial property. While it depends on the size of your landscape, know that spring cleanup for commercial landscapes is a painless process and typically completed in one visit.
Let Schill help you take back control of your landscape and give it the attention it deserves — before the weeds do. Request a proposal today and we’ll be in touch to set up a free property assessment to determine the landscape maintenance services your property needs.