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Early Spring Lawn Cleanup Tips
HERNDON, Va., February 23, 2012 — March is a great time to begin planning lawn and landscaping projects. During this time, it is important for homeowners to take inventory of their property and determine the health of their trees, shrubs, and lawn. It’s also the perfect time to clean up any debris left over from winter storms. Repairing winter storm damage in early spring can help promote growth and aid in keeping plants in good health.
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) offers the following tips for evaluating and repairing damage to your yard:
Don’t remove snow. Let it melt. Trying to remove heavily packed snow or ice from plants could potentially cause damage, it is better to let the snow and ice melt naturally.
Prune broken limbs. If a limb of a shrub, bush, or tree is broken, prune it as soon as possible. Make a clean cut that will make it harder for insects and diseases to enter the stressed plant.
Remove fallen debris. By removing fallen debris and limbs from around your plants, insects and diseases won’t be attracted to that area.
Look for signs of salt damage. In the spring, look for signs of salt damage. Grass near the road may be stunted and yellow, and trees and shrubs might display yellow leaves with brown leaf margins. The only way to get rid of extra salt is to flush it out with plenty of water. Organic materials can also be added to flowerbeds to counteract salt damage.
Cut off dead limbs. Some plants may have partially survived. In the spring, assess your plants and prune dead limbs.
Make a plan now. This is a great time to begin to draw up any plans for additions, such as outdoor pools, patios, kitchens, to your landscape and lawn. Check with your local landscape professionals to see if they have a design/build practice. If they do, they’re the best resource to design outdoor living spaces that will also keep your landscape and lawn safe during construction.
Consult a professional. A lawn care or landscape professional can set up an ongoing maintenance and health care plan for your lawn and landscape.
For more information, or to find a lawn care or landscape professional in your area, visit LandcareNetwork.org/findaprofessional.
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the quality of life in communities across America. With approximately 3,800 member and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.