How Spring Clean Up Gets Your Property Ready to Grow
Spring Clean Up Starts as Soon as the Snow Melts
As soon as the weather breaks, the days become a bit warmer, and the layer of snow and ice on your grass melts away, the landscape left behind can look a little … rough. Clean up takes care of the damage left behind from winter, and depending on your location, it can be a lot. Debris like fallen leaves and branches, grassy areas that were covered in snow and driven over, flower beds and mulched areas that are bare and damaged, and turf damage from snowmelt runoff or frost are only a few examples of what can happen to your property during the winter months.
One of the reasons you invest in commercial landscaping is to improve the appearance of your property, and a full-service landscaper will already have a plan to maintain the curb appeal of your building as soon as the snow melts. This blog will take a closer look at the important services Varsity provides to get your property ready for spring.
How Varsity Keeps Your Property Looking Great
Site maintenance is an important part of your agreement with Varsity. Here is what we do to keep your property looking great:
Remove debris – Winter is rough on landscaping, and a messy lawn makes your whole property look neglected. Snow and ice conceal leaves, fallen branches, litter, and other things that don’t need to be left sitting on a growing lawn. Besides improving the look, rotting leaves and broken branches can lead to mold, and mold can attract pests.
Prune shrubs and trees – Spring is when pruning is the most effective, and it is an important task that keeps plants healthy. Pruned plants focus growth where you want them and are essential for perennials, roses, and any plant that flowers on new wood. Pruning also allows us to shape these plants the way you want them to look so they don’t block walkways or grow over important utility fixtures like lights, wires, or telecom boxes. Plants react better to pruning in early spring when they are dormant.
Edge around walkways and landscape features – The transition from concrete to grass can easily become overgrown. When grasses grow onto hard surfaces, it creates a messy, unkempt look that can be remedied by careful edging. This creates a deep, manicured edge between the turf and the concrete that will be maintained over the course of spring and summer. Edging is also important around trees and flower beds to prevent weeds from creeping into a landscaped bed.
Replace sick plants – Annuals, bushes, and trees that are not thriving will be easy to spot in spring, and now is the time to plan to remove and replace them.
Prevent weed growth with pre-emergent herbicides – For areas susceptible to weed growth, we apply a pre-emergent to stop weeds from rooting in tree rounds and shrub beds when the soil is still cold. This reduces the need to pull weeds or apply weed killers later in the year.
Add a fresh layer of mulch – Mulching is important not only to appearance, but it also helps the soil around trees and shrubs retain moisture and reduces the likelihood of pests. Too much mulch can cause rot, so the mulching process includes raking out old material and replacing it with new. Fresh mulch is a great finishing touch to landscaping.
Spring Clean Up is a Great Opportunity to Inspect Your Property
Once the snow and ice are gone, take a moment and give your property a little tour. At Varsity, we inspect your property, and we welcome you to come with us to see how your property is maturing, what was damaged over the winter months, and what you can do to improve how it looks.
Have You Scheduled Your Spring Clean Up?
Don’t wait until the winter thaw; call us today to schedule spring clean up. Our services are usually completed in one visit, and they are essential to maintaining a beautiful landscape.
With decades of commercial landscaping and site maintenance experience, Varsity plays an important role in keeping your landscape looking perfect year-round. If your property lacks professional services, let us show you how simple and cost-effective commercial landscaping can be.
Varsity Inc. has been providing a full range of landscape related services to the Northeast commercial and industrial markets since 1974.