We've certainly had an interesting month weather-wise. From a snow storm to 70 degree sunny days, we've seen just about everything Iowa can throw at you in the month of March. But now that we're headed into April, it's time to face realities: Spring is here, & so is Spring clean up. With all your yard has been through over the winter, there's plenty of work to be done around your yard, & Kaldenberg's is here to help. Here's a checklist to use to get your yard back into shape for 2016.
The first step is work on your shrubs & trees. Over the winter, tree & shrub branches are exposed to a lot of wind, cold & snow, so pruning back any damaged branches can help encourage healthy growth. Summer flowering shrubs need to be pruned now, but hold back on spring blooming shrubs until after they flower.
Next are your perennials & grasses. Perennials need to be pruned about 4-5 inches, with ornamental grasses needing only 2-3 inches to encourage spring growth. Make sure were soil has thawed to thin out crowed beds, so your plants don't have to fight each other for soil or sunlight.
Most people know to rake leaves in the Fall, but it's also important for Spring. Dead leaves & foliage can smother healthy plants & encourage disease to spread, so make sure to clean up anything that sticks out. It's also a great time to put down fertilizer on your newly cleaned yard, especially with all the rain we've had. Fertilizer plus Spring rain equals healthy roots & maximum bloom time.
As far as your lawn goes, grass will start growing soon. With turf, make sure to remove any damaged patches, while working in new seed, along with your first dose of fertilizer & crabgrass treatment.
Your paths & patios could use a little TLC. Make sure to rake any escaped gravel or stones, & fill in any holes or depressions made by the snow. If any paves have moved out of place, make sure to remove them & fix the base material first, for a snug fit. A good pressure washer with a lower pressure setting can help remove any slick spots or stains from patios & walkways.
This should get you ready for spring time barbecues & patio get togethers.