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When spring finally arrives in Wisconsin, everyone wants to get outside. For many, yardwork is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. For others, it’s a loathsome chore. Regardless of how you view this annual rite of spring, it has to be done.
If you have DIY in your DNA, let the checklist below be your guide. If you just don’t have the time or inclination to get your yard back in shape, give Loomis Landscaping a call. We handle spring yard cleanups for both homeowners and businesses all over the greater Milwaukee area. We can do as much or as little as you want done. For a free estimate, give us a call.
6 spring yard cleaning chores to get done... while it’s still spring
1. Remove debris. Leftover leaves, tree branches and twigs, as well as miscellaneous litter that’s blown into your yard and gotten stuck under shrubs can win you the Worst Kept Yard in The Neighborhood award. If you're raking, wait until the grass is dry. If you rake when it’s wet, it’s easy to inadvertently pull the grass out by the roots. It can be backbreaking work, so if you’ve got better things to do let Loomis Landscaping handle it for you.
2. Assess the lawn for damage. If you have a dog, you probably have brown spots from pet messes once the snow melts. Gently rake away the dead grass, sprinkle some top soil over the damaged areas, and add some grass seed and fertilizer. But what if your entire lawn has become an eyesore? Don’t worry. We can reseed and fertilize the whole thing. Give us a call to request an estimate.
3. Prep your sprinkler/irrigation system. Turn the main water valve on and check the sprinkler heads and irrigation lines for any malfunction or leaks. Don’t have an irrigation system? Make this the year to get one. We can install a drip irrigation or sprinkler system that will keep your landscaping healthy and make more efficient (i.e. cost-effective) use of water for landscaping.
4. Prune back shrubs and trees. Pruning is usually done in early winter, but non-flowering shrubs, trees and woody plants all respond well to pruning in early spring. If you have large branches that need to be pruned or removed, especially branches up high, let Loomis Landscaping handle it. Give us a call and we’ll arrange to come out and get you an estimate.
5. Mulch around trees and shrubs. If you put down mulch before winter to protect your plants, it’s probably looking pretty worn out by the time the snow melts away. Add fresh mulch over landscaped areas so you have a solid 2 to 3 inches of coverage. This will protect the roots of your plants from summer heat, help keep the ground from drying out, and also help keep weeds at bay.
6. Aerate the lawn. Spring is the start of the growing season, and it’s a good time to aerate your lawn. We recommend (and use) plug aerator machines, which remove a 2 to 3” inch deep and 1’2” inch diameter core of grass and soil. These plugs should be left to dry on your lawn, then broken up by mowing over them or pounding them with a rake.
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Whether your yard is overgrown or in need of landscaping, Loomis Landscaping can help. We can design a landscape that integrates both plantings and hardscaping, as well as an irrigation system to keep your plants healthy with minimum hassle on your part. Get in touch with us to request a free, on-site consultation and estimate.
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