Baltimore County Spring Clean Up Guide

Spring Clean Up Guide

Did winter cause problems to your lawn or damage a few bushes and trees? Spring is the right time to clean up your yard and prepare it for the growing season. This ultimate guide will lead you through every step of the process to help ensure a beautiful lawn and garden this summer. A lot of people these days are cooking out, and hosting parties at their homes. We’ve all been to one at some point in time. So lets just say that we all cherish those memories. In this guide we’ll help you with your spring cleaning, and make sure you give us a call if you want us to come give a hand!

Make sure you give us a call if you want us to come give a hand!Ryan Hicks

Prune Trees, Shrubs and Other Perennials

Baltimore County Spring Clean Up Tree Pruning
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    Dead Branches

    Heavy snow storms, high winds and frigid temperatures can damage or kill branches. Prune these back to the live stems to improve the plant’s appearance.

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    Overgrown Trees

    Trim overgrown evergreens back to a manageable size.

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    Prune, but don't prune

    Prune shrubs that flower in the summer before their buds swell, but wait to prune spring bloomers until their flowers have dissipated.

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    Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

    Cut back flowering perennials to 4 or 5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2 or 3 inches so new growth can shoot up.


Prep Your Flower Beds

Baltimore County Spring Clean Up Flower Bed Prep
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    Clean out the dead stuff

    Before you plant any new annuals, rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage to prevent smothering plants and spreading disease.

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    Old mulch causes rot

    Remove existing mulch to set the stage for a new layer after you complete your spring planting.

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    Tighten down or else!

    Fasten loose drip irrigation lines with pins.

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    Throw away or recycle

    Tamp down heaved plants with your foot or replant them with a shovel.

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    Prep the bed with food!

    Spread pelletized fertilizer on the soil’s surface so rain can sink the nutrients into the ground.

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    When to feed again

    Fertilize bulbs as soon as they flower to extend their bloom time and feed next season’s growth.


Clean Up Hardscape Surfaces

Baltimore County Spring Clean Up Power Washing
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    Clean loose gravel

    Return escaped gravel to its place with a shovel or rake. Fill in depressions with more gravel.

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    Reset Pavers

    Remove pavers that have heaved from the freeze-thaw cycle. Replenish the base material and set the pavers back in place.

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    Restore the walkways

    Remove leaf stains, dust and leftover debris from patios and walkways with a pressure washer set on low.


Spruce Up Fences and Trellises

Baltimore County Spring Clean Up Fence Repair
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    Weak structures

    Check for wobbly fence posts and replace them as needed.

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    Wood Fence Inspection

    Patch rotted sections of fence with wood epoxy. If any pickets or lattices have completely rotted, replace them.

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    Clean is good

    Scrub wood structures clean with a solution of one part liquid soap, eight parts bleach and 32 parts water.

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    Bringing Color back

    Scrape off old paint, sand the surface, and repaint or stain the wood to revitalize your yard.


Start a Compost Pile

Baltimore County Spring Cleanup Guide Compost
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    Get to the Bottom

    Pruned branches, last year’s mulch and flower bed debris could form the foundation of a compost pile. A simple 3-foot by 3-foot corral made of wire fencing is the perfect place to store a compost pile.

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    Fine tune the Process

    Be sure to shred leaves and branches before adding them to the pile to accelerate decomposition. You can also add bagged compost to the starter pile to speed up the process.

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    Compost Hack

    Keep the pile moist and turn it with a pitchfork every two weeks to aerate the compost.

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    Weed out the bad stuff

    Avoid putting weeds in your compost pile since these have a tendency to sprout, which is undesirable.


Care for Your Lawn

Baltimore County Spring Cleanup Guide Lawn Care
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    Before you Rake In the Beauty

    Rake the lawn with a thatcher or rake.

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    Creating the perfect Environment

    Aerate the soil with either a manual or power aerator. Immediately following, spread a layer of peat moss over the lawn with a rake.

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    Patching the "Bald Spots"

    Check the turf for dead spots caused by salt, plows or disease and seed these areas once forsythia starts blooming in your region.

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    Pre-emptive Attacks.

    Add the first dose of fertilizer, crabgrass treatment and pre-emergent weed killer. Avoid applying weed killer to freshly seeded spots.

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    Keep your mower sharp!

    Sharpen or replace lawn mower blades and other lawn care tools.

If you need help cleaning up your yard this spring, please contact Son’s Lawn and Garden. We can complete everything on this list – and anything else you want us to tackle – so you don’t have slave over the work yourself.

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