You might be surprised to hear that the best time to schedule a spring clean-up for your commercial property’s landscape is during the winter months.
The reason to book your spring landscape maintenance now is to make sure you get on the schedule for late March or April. It might not be the first thing on your mind now, as you look out and see your property buried in snow.
But trust us — the snow will melt, leaving behind a big, unsightly mess of:
- dead tree branches
- leaf-clogged planting beds
- trash that blew onto your property then got buried in snow
The effects of winter can be ugly and can leave an unsightly mess around your business or retail shop. Likewise, leaving debris from trees, bushes, and other shrubbery can become a breeding ground for pests, prevent healthy grass growth, and effect spring budding.
The Need For Spring Clean-Up
You know better than anyone that the appearance of your commercial property matters. Potential customers judge your business by the outside before they see anything else.
And it only takes a minute to make a bad first impression.
All that debris not only looks bad, it’s harmful for your landscaping, smothering new growth and fostering disease.
Whisk it all away so your property is tidy, healthy and well-tended.
What Does Spring Commercial Landscape Maintenance?
A few important tasks will rid your commercial property of winter’s wrath and set it up nicely for the spring green-up.
You’ll be surprised at what’s hiding beneath all that snow. Fallen branches. Trash. Moldy leaves. Soggy mulch. It all has to go.
Rake up any lingering leaves, sticks and pine needles. Winter’s strong winds and heavy snow often bring down tree limbs that need to be removed.
Neglect this chore, and your property looks ugly and neglected. And your newly emerging turf grass will be smothered by the debris.
Prune Away Dead Branches
Once new spring leaves start to sprout, it’s obvious some tree and shrub branches didn’t survive the winter. Pruning them prevents them from falling off later, and preps the tree or shrub for healthy new growth.
Clean Up Planting Beds
Rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage and pull up the slimy old annuals from last summer. Cut back perennials that escaped attention last fall.
Leave this mess, and it will smother new plants and foster disease.
Remove Old Mulch
Once the threat of frost has passed, remove existing mulch to make way for a new layer after spring planting, including extra mulch that was applied to protect plants for the winter.
Leaving excess organic material around the bases of plants in spring can cause root rot, mold, and insect damage.
If any plants have been pushed out of the ground or heaved due to freezing and thawing in the soil, tuck them back in.
Lightly Rake Out Snow Mold
When snow lingers on the lawn for too long, especially large piles that remain for months, grass can become infected with mold.
Lightly rake the area to remove the infected grass and promote air circulation and light to penetrate to encourage new growth.
Leave Your Landscaping’s Spring Clean-Up To Neave
At Neave Landscaping, we know exactly how to refresh commercial properties after winter’s long reign. We’ve been doing it for more than 40 years.
Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is ready to bring your property out of the doldrums of winter and get it ready for spring’s new growth.
Our team of lawn maintenance professionals will efficiently remove all winter debris and unnecessary clutter that’s accumulated over the winter months. Then we’ll tackle your flower beds, shrubbery, trees and lawns so they’re clean, tidy and ready to celebrate spring.
Spring clean-up is also a great time to have Neave Irrigation inspect your irrigation system to make sure it’s ready for a new growing season.