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FEATURES

SPRING CLEAN-UP

CHECKLIST

By: Staff of Riverview Tree & Landscaping, Inc.

P

erforming Spring Clean-up landscape and lawn maintenance work is a time-honored tradition for gardeners. After a winter spent indoors, it is wonderful to get
outside into the sunshine and work on your property and
spring work is vital to having a beautiful, attractive and healthy
landscape. This article is intended as an overview and checklist
for homeowners.

PLANTS:
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Prune winter-killed branches and cut back spent
perennials and ornamental grasses.
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Trim woody perennials (such as Lavender) for shape.

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Do not prune most other plants at this time - they are
budding out and many are getting ready to flower. Most
woody shrubs should be pruned later in the year. Spring
bloomers should be pruned immediately after bloom is
finished. Evergreens and others are best pruned starting
in July. Check different plant types in your yard for best
pruning practices or speak with your Independent Garden
Center.

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BEDS:
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Rake away leaves, sticks and debris from the base of your
perennial plants, shrubs and trees. Remove any weeds that
have started to grow.
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Fertilize your plants with a 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 granular
fertilizer, making a ring around your plants.

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Edge the bed edges using a power-edger, shovel or weedeater.

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Now is an excellent time to thin out perennials by splitting
and transplanting to other areas.

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Weed prevention is important. Apply a weed inhibitor,
such as Preen, prior to mulching.



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