You call that snow?

Now THAT was snow (2010).  We’ve given up hope of any real snow and are looking forward to getting on to spring!  No, we definitely don’t want a white Easter.

We’ve put together some tips on how to prepare your yard for spring after this confusing, long winter.

1)  Remove dead plants and old annuals and prune dead branches.  This promotes clean growing conditions and hinders the growth of fungus and decreases the risk of disease.

2)  Even though we didn’t get a lot of snow, there was certainly enough salt spread.  Trees near the street could suffer if the top layers of top soil and mulch aren’t removed.  The salt accumulation can burn the root systems, damaging trees below ground.  Salt damage can also show up on the foliage.

nice back yard (by Dunn Company)3) Turning over the soil in your beds and tree pits improves the growing conditions of your soil by loosening compacted soil.  Professionals can test the pH and nutrient levels of your soil to check for overly acidic or alkaline soil that will hinder healthy plant growth.  It’s important to know the various levels of nutrients plants need, so that fertilizer can be applied to correct any deficiencies of nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium early in the season when many garden plants grow rapidly.

4) Clean out, edge and mulch all beds.  Removing plant debris helps reduce the need for frequent weed spraying.  Edging helps keep the mulch from escaping from it’s bed and the nice clean lines help define  your landscape, giving it a polished look.  Mulching beds conserves moisture, maintains a uniform temperature at plant roots, helps plants become established more quickly, protects plants from injury (caused by mowers and string trimmers), improves soil structure and limits weed growth.  Mulch should be one to tree inches deep.  Too much mulch can cause plants’ roots to begin to grow in the mulch instead of the soil and then they become more susceptible to drought or if mulch is too close to the base of the plant, it can cause decay.  If old mulch is three inches deep, it should be removed before applying a new layer of mulch.

That’s it!  After spring cleaning your yard, it’s all spring flowers and weekend BBQs.