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Spring Cleaning

Posted on 15 March 2011

Spring Cleaning

Anna Bellamie, Denver Landscape Network                                                3/11/11

It’s official, with the time change upon us, Spring is here.  While it may not quite yet be time for a whole garden overhaul, there are many things you can do now to prepare the impending new growth and maintenance your landscaping will need to look its best this season.  Here are a few things you can do now to get ready.

1.  Start removing large piles of debris, sticks, pine cones, and leaves that may have accumulated over the winter, so budding grasses and plants can “breathe” as they begin to grow.

2.  Take the opportunity to split any larger plants that you might be able to use elsewhere, too.  You’ve already put in the work establishing them last season, might as well make the most of them!

3.  Spread a 2-3 inch layer of shredded bark, natural and undyed, over your landscape beds.  The bark will also act as a fertilizer as it decomposes, and you can turn it later in the summer.

4.  Prepare your flower beds by weeding, adding a fertilizer, and giving them a good soak.

5.  Start to think about annuals you want to cultivate this year, and plan for where they will be planted.

6.  Pressure wash your patio, deck, or other hard surfaces.

7.  Inspect the pumps and tubing for any water fixtures you may have had turned off over the winter and clean out any ponds or birdbaths.

These quick chores should be a breeze to get out of the way so the real fun can begin in a few more weeks, when it’s time to begin adding new plants and watching the first blooms of the season start to appear.  Spring cleaning is also a good way to get reacquainted with your gardens and landscaping spaces that may have been neglected during the cold months.  Nothing like seeing the first crocus of the season pop up!  Happy cleaning.

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