Take your spring cleaning one step further and follow these tips to spruce up your outdoor living space to be sure you’re summer-ready.
Start with a Clean Sweep
Give your managed gardens, walkways and children’s play areas a solid once-over with a rake and some trimmers. Clearing out dead plants, sticks and rubbish opens up space for new blooms and keeps your landscaping looking crisp and clean. After you’ve raked out the winter debris, consider adding mulch, crushed oyster shells or another ground cover.
Shape Up Your Edges
Keeping your walkways and garden spaces clearly delineated will give your entire landscape a crisp and fresh look. Use an edging tool to cut back the grass around these areas and it will help carry your landscaping lines through the summer. Trim back during the summer as necessary. Remember that pavers are easy to care for. Follow your trimming with a quick brush-off with a broom.
Spring is the ideal time to prune shrubs from last year. However, it’s important to make sure that any threat of hard frost has passed before you begin pruning. Avoid pruning azaleas, rhododendrons and mountain laurels; they may look dead, but they will blossom in full come mid-spring. Prune again in early summer after the big spring bloom, and you’ll only have to do touch-ups for the rest of the season.
Clean Your Pavers
Follow our GroundWork Care & Maintenance Guide to get your patio easily back into tip-top shape. Start by using a broom to give the entire surface a deep brush-off, then consider adding a Techniseal sealant or cleaning product for added longevity and protection.
If you’re planning an addition to your patio or you have questions about your landscaping, now is a great time to get in touch with your contractor. If you’re just getting started, you can find a contractor near you or order our FREE catalog.