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5 Garden and Landscape Chores to Do Right Now

April 11, 2022
Written by Aaron

Spring can be busy—but it sure is an exciting time of year! The weather is warm, there are so many fun things to do, and our garden plants are about to burst open. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s important to take time to tackle all the necessary chores in our landscape. A garden cleanup and landscape inspection help eliminate potential problems before they get out of control. It’s a little bit of work right now, for a lot less work in the future!

Cross These Garden Chores Off Your List This Spring

Here are five outdoor chores you should do right away so that your garden and landscape plants have a successful, stress-free year.

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Dethatch the Lawn

Grass can get tangled and matted after a snowy winter and lots of foot traffic. This can lead to problems such as:

  • Poor moisture drainage during the rainy season
  • Inhibited grass growth
  • Weakened immunity to disease and fungal growth
  • Increased risk of pest infestations 

 

How do you dethatch a lawn? It’s easy! Simply drag your rake across the matted grass and tear up those tangles. It also helps to aerate your soil afterwards by driving a spike aerator into the soil, loosening up the ground and encouraging better oxygen and moisture circulation.

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Simple Pruning and Rejuvenation Pruning

Spring is an ideal time to prune many of your garden and landscape plants, but not all of them! If you plan on doing a simple pruning—clipping off dead, diseased, or leggy branches that look awkward—then avoid making cuts on plants that bloom on old wood, like Lilacs and Bigleaf Hydrangeas. These plants develop their flower buds in winter and open in spring. If you prune these plants in spring, you’ll remove their flower buds. Wait until summer to prune them instead. Summer-blooming plants like Forsythia and Butterfly Bush usually bloom on new wood that develops in spring, so early spring pruning will work perfectly.  

Hard pruning, also called renewal or rejuvenation pruning, is a bit more of a chore but also serves a different purpose than simple pruning. You should only hard prune about once every three to five years on large plants that lack volume and vigour or have a very awkward shape. It involves dramatically cutting your plants back so that they’re ⅓ their original size; this allows for plenty of fresh, new growth to take its place, so your plant doesn’t waste energy on old, weak branches. Lilacs, Hydrangea, Dogwood, Viburnums, Forsythia, and Spirea are all shrubs that will respond well to hard pruning.

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Dividing Perennials

Perennial garden plants reemerge each spring, and they spread out further with each passing year. After a few years, the roots start to get too crowded, and your plant may struggle to thrive. Often, you’ll find a big ring of flowers with a dead patch in the centre—that’s a sure sign you need to divide your perennials!

Gently dig up your plants from the garden and carefully split the root ball into two or three sections. Depending on the plant and its root system, you may need a sterilized exact-o knife to help get the chore done. You can replant each of the divided sections—return one piece to the original hole, and plant the others in an empty spot in the garden—or share them with a neighbour!

 

Thorough Landscape and Garden Analysis

Pests, fungi, and weeds are all kinds of potential threats our gardens may encounter, but if you catch them early, they’re much easier to treat. Inspect all the plants, grass, and trees in your landscape and garden, looking for suspicious signs like discoloration, dead patches, or chewed-up leaves.

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Spreading or Replacing Mulch

Mulch is necessary to regulate soil temperature and moisture and prevent weeds from taking root, but it tends to break down over time. While this breakdown process does feed your garden with healthy bacteria, it can look a bit unsightly after a while. Use a rake to gently move the big chunks of old mulch off the soil surface, then replace it with a new layer of fresh mulch. 

If you discover an issue and you’re unsure of what you’re dealing with, feel free to visit Eising Garden Centre and show us a picture of the problem. We’ll help you find the right product to fix it. For any other tools or supplies needed to tackle your garden chores in Norfolk, you know where to find us!

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