Spring Cleaning for Your Lawn and Garden

Spring is short and there’s a lot to do to get your yard ready for summer!

We’ve had a pretty nice winter, a little rain, cool temperatures, and beautiful healthy plants and grass taking advantage of the weather. Sadly for them, winter is over and all those mild-weather plants will need to be replaced with stronger desert vegetation. Everything from your lawn to your flowers and shrubs needs to be “Summer-ized” and this short spring cleaning for your lawn and garden is the only chance they are going to have to take root before the heat sets in.

Trees and Shrubs

This is the last chance you’re going to have to cut the frost-damaged and dead wood out of your trees and shrubs. Leaving the dead wood attached can be hazardous in the summer, with the torrential rain and dust storms that can topple young trees and send dead limbs hurtling toward your roof or yard. Be sure to seek professional help before attempting large-scale pruning.

Bushes and Small Plants

If you have rose bushes that have been growing strong all winter long, now is a good time to trim them back. The larger these bushes get, the harder the roots have to work to support them and if they can’t some limbs will start to die off. Trimming these back gives you the chance to thin out the mess of branches and will likely result in more beautiful roses this season, as the roots will have fewer demands on their resources. Your potted flowers will mostly need to be removed because they will not be able to survive the ever-increasing light and heat of the coming months. Look for plants at your local garden department that can tolerate full sunlight with little water, like:

  • African Daisies
  • Angelita Daisies
  • Globe Amaranth (Grompherena)
  • Lantana
  • Pentas
  • Penstemons
  • Portulaca
  • Purslane
  • Salvia
  • Verbena

Grass and Watering

Your winter rye has just about run its course now is a good time to cut it back and let your bermudagrass take the stage again. It would be a good idea to thoroughly inspect your watering system for clogged or broken sprinkler heads. If there is a cracked pipe in the ground, you will find a damp or muddy patch where it needs to be fixed. There may be a film of salt on the top of your soil that you’ll want to wash out. As you plant your shrubs and flowers, be careful around your drip lines, make sure you check each for cracks and clogs, and then be sure to bury them properly so they won’t be broken by a weed eater or lawn mower.

This is a great time of year and will set the tone for the rest of the summer, stay on top of your lawn and garden and if you need help keeping them green, give us a call.

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