With spring just around the corner it’s time to throw off the winter doldrums and begin preparing for warmer weather. Indoors that means airing out your Toronto home and tackling the thousand odd cleaning jobs that went undone while you tried to stay warm the past 6 months. Outdoors that means taking a foray into the yard and getting the lay of the land. What you’re likely to see is that months of bone-chilling cold and snow cover have wreaked havoc on your shrubs and flowerbeds while melting snow and ice has turned your lawn into a miniature version of the Minesing Swamp. Time to get busy.
How a Landscaping Contractor Approaches Spring Cleaning
Getting the yard ready for spring and beyond involves more than simply uncovering the pool. There are any number of tasks that need to be addressed once the weather’s warm enough. Some of these you’ll want to handle yourself while others may require the help of a Toronto landscaping contractor.
- Sweep the yard for debris – More than snow was carried into your yard during that blizzard in January. All kinds of loose trash that had been in the street or in the parking lot of the mini-mall was deposited there too. Much of it wound up hidden in the snowpack but is now lying on the ground thanks to the spring thaw. Removing this debris is job one.
- Clear the last of the autumn leaves – A lot of dead leaves also fell or blew into your yard after you retired the rake last November. With the snow gone they’re now bunched up in soggy piles everywhere. After you’ve swept the yard for trash it’s time to un-retire the rake and remove these lingering reminders of last fall.
- Break out the pruning shears – Time to cut back the bushes and shrubbery and deal with any tree branches that may have been damaged during intense winter storms or cracked by the weight of ice buildup. But be careful! Our landscaping contractor reminds that some plants flower using old growth so make sure the plant your cutting back isn’t one of those.
- Re-seed the lawn – Once things have dried out a bit in the yard it’s time to take stock of the lawn. If there are any new areas where water has taken to pooling when it rains bring in the landscaping contractor and have them address the problem. For any ‘normal’ dead spots break out the grass seed and have at it.
- Fertilize – The next step in the springtime rejuvenation of the yard is to fertilize the lawn and any new plants. There’s no time like the spring time to give the flora in your yard a boost. Just remember to use the right fertilizer for your particular plantlife and don’t overdo it. Also, be mindful that there may be specific ordinances governing the use of fertilizers in your town.
- Clean those outdoor appliances – Should you have an outdoor kitchen it’s time to bust out the cleaners and clear away the dirt and grime that’s accumulated on the appliances over the past 6 months. When you’re done turn your attention to the countertops and cabinet faces and get them ready for the start of the social season. It will be here before you know it.
If your work in the yard has revealed damage to any of your landscape elements, the pool or pool deck, the outdoor kitchen or the patio call the landscaping contractor more Toronto homeowners trust than any other: M.E. Contracting. We’ll help you make sure your yard is ready to go once the warmer weather settles in.