With spring’s arrival, your landscaping probably needs a little help after the winter we’ve had. Once the snow has melted away and the sun warms us up, you’ll be ready to get back outdoors and enjoy it all. But are your yard, patio, and other outdoor amenities ready for an outdoor barbecue?
These five services will help get your outdoor spaces in shape and ready for spring and summer activity.
1. Spring cleanup—winter leaves behind all manner of debris, so it’s time to clear it away.
- Remove any dead tree limbs and branches, brown foliage, salt and sand, trash and anything else that might blow in and land on your lawn.
- Flower beds and vegetable beds also need to be cleared out for spring planting. Remove dead vegetation, pine needles, and other debris from the planting areas.
- Re-seed your lawn where needed after snow plowing and other winter work activities
- Weed removal and prevention
- Remove sand from driveways, walkways, and perimeter areas. Sand can damage most types of flooring and inhibit grass from growing.
- Once you’ve cleared everything, it’s time to start planting annuals and your vegetable garden for summer and fall harvests.
2. Lawn dethatching—your lawn condition can either enhance your home’s appearance or detract from it. “Thatch” is the buildup of dead grass and other debris that sits under the green part of the grass that you see but on top of the soil. Some thatching is good, but it shouldn’t be more than about a half-inch. It develops from grass stems and roots in the top inches of soil that die but don’t decompose completely.
Left untended, heavy thatch can block water, sun, and nutrients from getting into the soil, and retard new growth. Ideally, you should dethatch your lawn in the spring and the fall, and aerate the soil at the same time to increase nutrient absorption.
If you have Kentucky Bluegrass, St. Augustine, Bermudagrass or Bentgrass, these form thatch faster and will need a twice-yearly dethatching. You may be able to do yearly dethatching with other grasses like Tall Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass.
Thatch can also be caused by:
- Mowing too high
- Over-fertilizing with too much nitrogen
- Heavy clay soil
You can dethatch your lawn manually, if it’s small, with a special dethatching rake with sharp tines that cut into the thatch and bring it to the surface. When you’re finished, just rake it up with your regular rake.
For larger lawns, you can rent a vertical cutter that slices through the thatch and brings it to the surface. However, a vertical cutter is a large machine that will require a truck to transport it and help to get it in and out of the truck.
You can also hire a professional lawn service to cover dethatching and take care of the raking and other cleanups yourself to save money.
3. Tree trimming and maintenance—broken limbs from high winds and heavy snow buildup should be removed. It’s also a good time to cut down any hanging limbs, obvious dead branches or any trees that aren’t thriving anymore. Prune your trees that are starting to return to life, cutting back excess leaves and branches. This will help keep your trees beautiful and green and help them to grow and thrive.
4. Gutter Cleaning—gutters may be clogged with dead leaves and twigs, as well as bird nests and other blockages. Even if you cleared them in the fall, clearing them out now means proper water flow during the rainy season. Clogged gutters can lead to:
- Mold and mildew
- Standing water that can breed insects
- Backed-up water that can leak into your property and flood your home
Clearing winter’s debris from your gutters now means less possibility of water not draining away from your home and foundation.
5. Hardscaping Installation/Repairs—your driveways, sidewalks and other hardscape areas may have cracked or had other damage during the winter. Uneven hardscapes with cracks and other damage can be a trip hazard, and allowing weeds to grow in between pavers increases the cracking that can happen during winter months.
Now’s the time to:
- Repair potholes and cracks in driveways and walkways
- Repair/replace loose or chipped pavers and bricks
- Repair/replace broken sidewalks due to tree roots or winter-caused cracking
- Repair an incorrectly installed hardscape repaired to reduce further damage
- Remove weeds and moss from paver joints
- Raise sinking pavers and assess drainage that erodes the base under them
You may be able to take care of some of the smaller repairs yourself, but it’s best to contact a professional for larger repairs, like retaining walls. Our experience with stone and concrete repairs ensures that it will be done right the first time.
Ready to start to enjoying your outdoors? Schedule your appointment today—call Scarborough’s leading company for landscaping and hardscaping maintenance at (207) 939-8757. Whether you need repairs or a refresh to your existing hardscapes or want something new and different, we’re ready to create whatever you have in mind. You won’t look at it and think to yourself, “I really need to get that fixed.” Precision Landscaping & Excavation is a top-rated Maine provider on HomeAdvisor, and we offer free estimates.