Recently, one of our new employees asked us “why do we do a Spring Landscape Clean-up, when we just did one in the Fall?” Good question!
The simplest way to explain it is that each seasonal maintenance service has a different focus, or overall goal. For example, Fall clean-ups take advantage of plants entering their dormant state to do any major pruning or shaping that may be needed, because plants are less likely to go into ‘shock’ or be attacked by insects or other pests that are attracted to the resulting wounds. It’s also the time to protect plants from harsh winter weather, by covering, wrapping, mulching, or even pruning – whatever the plant needs to best survive.
A Spring Landscape Clean-up is…
Spring landscape clean-up’s are oriented around preparing the lawn and garden for the coming growing season. This typically includes clearing away any branches or leaves that fell during the winter, pruning away winter damaged wood, refreshing bed edging to improve its ability to hold mulch and water, and to lay down a fresh layer of mulch to provide the plants with nutrients while improving moisture retention in the existing soil. All of these seemingly small tasks can greatly enhance the overall health and beauty of a landscape, while simultaneously reducing the amount of labor needed to maintain it in later months.