Get Your Landscape Ready for Spring
Man, are we ever ready for spring. We’re guessing you are, too!
We don’t need to tell you that the second half of winter has been particularly brutal here in West Michigan. (And all this after Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring … somebody ought to check that groundhog’s credentials.)
That said, with the weather finally/hopefully making a permanent turn for the better, it’s time to get your yard and landscape ready for spring!
Even if your lawn managed to escape the winter with no obvious signs of weather damage, there are still many important maintenance tasks that have to be performed in order to keep your outdoor spaces looking healthy and vibrant!
Here’s your checklist for a great-looking landscape this spring:
Regular pruning is an important part of keeping plants healthy. Damaged and dying stems invite pests and disease, which can ultimately jeopardize the life of the entire plant.
The dormant season is typically the best time to prune most varieties of trees and shrubs. Clearing out damaged or diseased branches now helps them heal faster and encourages healthy growth. So if you haven’t done any pruning all winter long, the early spring is your best (and last) chance before the growing season fully blooms!
Of course, you need to know how to identify a branch or stem that needs pruning in the first place, and you’ll also need to know how to prune them appropriately. Cut a branch too short, and the tree could get infected. Leave it too long, though, and the ends could wither.
Don’t worry. The experts at Bosch’s have the extensive knowledge and tools to provide exactly the pruning care your trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds need—right when they need them.
Who doesn’t love the look and smell of a freshly mown lawn?
With the warming temperatures, disappearing snow, and increasing rain showers, your grass should be starting to grow again—and that means it’s time to get the mower back out of the garage.
Just remember that you have to be careful with your mowing to avoid damaging your lawn. You should always try to keep your grass within a range of lengths that looks good and allows the grass to grow and flourish.
If your grass is turning yellow or brown after a fresh cut, you likely have your mower set too low and are over-cutting the lawn. On the other hand, letting your grass get too long can also be problematic—especially if your next cut reduces the height of the blades by more than one third.
If you have trouble mowing a large lawn, or just don’t want to deal with the regular upkeep, Bosch’s offers lawn mowing and edging services from April through November. Just give us a call, and we’ll agree upon a cutting schedule based on your needs.
Aeration and Dethatching
In order to survive and thrive, the soil needs both a steady supply of moisture and nutrients, and a way to easily transport those nutrients to where they need to go. However, this is sometimes easier said than done.
One potential problem is that your soil has become hard and compacted. In this case, even though air and nutrients can reach the surface, they have a hard time getting down to the roots.
Another possibility is that layers of thatch (dead grass) can build up on top of your lawn too quickly. A little thatch is good, since it can act as a naturally insulating mulch and it gets broken down into organic material and nutrients by microbes. But too much thatch will start blocking needed air and moisture from reaching the soil.
Compact soil is dealt with by aeration. If you’re handling it on your own, you’ll need to soften the soil with an inch of water over the entire lawn, then use the aerator the next day to break up the soil. Small yards can be dethatched with a specialized dethatching rake. After either procedure, you’re going to want to follow up with fertilizer and lots of water to help the grass recover.
Of course, if you need help—or you don’t even know whether your lawn actually needs either of these services—give Bosch’s a call. We’ll analyze your soil, figure out what needs to be done, and do it with our specialized equipment.
If you use woodchips, bark, or other hard, organic materials as mulch around flowerbeds in trees, cushioning for play areas, or other reasons, you should be “rebarking” once per year—ideally in early spring.
Woodchips, remember, do break down and decompose over time—like any organic material would. If you aren’t regularly replacing them, the layer will gradually thin and lose its ability to protect your soil from erosion, weeds, desiccation, and wild temperature swings.
Plus, there are also aesthetic considerations. A weathered woodchip looks dull and gray, and much less vibrant and striking than a fresh one.
Bosch’s is happy to help you rebark this spring! We know exactly how deep the layer should be in order to provide maximum benefit to your landscape.
Planting and Flowerbed Care
When spring rolls around, it’s time to get planting! Hardier annuals and flowers can often be planted in April, while plants that are a little bit more susceptible to frost might benefit from waiting until May.
Of course, it’s not just time of year that matters here. Different types of flowers and plants have varying requirements in terms of soil conditions, water, and sunlight that allow them to grow best. You’ll also want to make sure your flowerbeds are healthy and disease-free.
Once again, Bosch’s can be a huge help here.
For one, we can we help you pick out flowers and plants that will thrive in specific locations around your property and provide beauty all year long.
For two, we’ll help tidy up your planting beds with the appropriate fertilization, weeding, pruning, mulching, and other tasks that may be required.
And if you wish, we’ll be happy to come back and care for flowerbeds on a monthly basis, providing any additional disease control and treatment that may be required to keep your plants healthy and beautiful.
Call Bosch’s Today for Spring Cleanup and Landscaping Maintenance—Or Maybe Something More
If you’ve read this far, you should already know that Bosch’s makes spring cleanup and maintenance a breeze! You don’t need to have a green thumb and/or a boatload of free time to have a great-looking lawn, flowerbeds, and overall landscape. Just let Bosch’s do the work!
And if you’re looking for more than just maintenance care or planting tips—say a new patio overlay, or a full-blown landscaping redevelopment—we of course can help with that too. But don’t wait to call: our calendars are already filling up!
To request your free estimate, fill out a contact form on this website, or give us a call at (616) 399-6861.