early-spring essentials: get a jump on the season ahead!

PRUNNING– Many structural problems in ornamentals can be corrected right now, before plants leaf out, with corrective pruning.Any winter-damaged wood can be pruned away. Very heavy wood can be removed, improving air circulation and plant shape. Overlapping and rubbing branches should be dealt with to eliminate this as a possible site for insects and disease to invade the plants.
CLEAN-UP– Leaves and debris should be blown or raked and removed from lawn areas, as well as shrub and flower beds.
MULCHING – A spring application will help to prevent weeds, conserve moisture in the soil and 
keep soil temperatures cooler as the weather heats up. By including a pre-emergent under the mulch it will help control weeds throughout the season. Mulching should be a uniform thickness on the planting beds, and be sure to avoid piling mulch especially deep, or “coning” around the trunks of trees.By just arranging for these three things, you’ll have made a great start to a better looking property!

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