Early Spring To Do List

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     The weather is getting warmer and it is time to get outside! Your landscape needs your attention so it will look great.

     You need to finish pruning trees and late flowering shrubs. Take the time to look at the natural shape before pruning, prune out suckers and water spouts, and remove     suckers from the base of ornamental trees. Trim the hedges to give a good over-all look to your landscape. Control the size and shape through selective pruning instead of using a hedge trimmer.

     Gently rake debris and leaves that have accumulated over the winter. The debris and old leaves block the sunlight from reaching your grass.

     Clean out dead or brown perennial foliage that was not removed in the fall. Leave any green bulb foliage until it yellows before removal so it continues to make food for next  years’ flowers.

     Time to turn over old mulch or remove old mulch and replace it with pine fines or triple-shredded bark mulch. Remember to maintain only a 2″ layer of mulch in your beds and keep mulch away from the base of your trees and plants.

     The soil is softer now so edge your beds! This is also a great time to expand your beds if desired. A fresh clean edge makes the whole bed look neat.

     Have a happy spring and keep a look out for little weeds in your beds. Pull weeds when they are little so you don’t have big chores later on!

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