As the snow melts and Jack Frost packs his bags, we can officially say spring is here. Now, the only thing left to do is clean up the mess Frost left behind.
Clean up your landscape after a snow-filled winter with these five simple tips from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA-certified arborist and Davey technical advisor.
Crushed plant material. Check back to see if this plant recovers during spring.
Brown spots in the grass. To fix, first check if your soil temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You can use a meat thermometer or call your local garden center. Then, Fitzgerald advises turning the ground to generate seed to soil contact, which is key to germination. Finally, lightly rake grass seeds into soil.
White, tan, or pink spots on the lawn – known as snow mold (pictured above, left). If spotted, Fitzgerald recommends you “rake and break.” Lightly rake the affected area to break up the molded, matted grass.
Brown or crunchy spots on the lawn, around tree trunks or plant stems caused by salt damage. To remedy, gently rake away salt and wash from soil and roots. As the weather warms, pull back the damaged grass to see if new growth is emerging.
Need help getting your residential landscape ready for spring? Contact your local tree and landscape care professionals at Davey Tree to schedule a consultation.