Trees, Lawn & Garden Upkeep
Rodents and insects will use overhanging branches as the shortest route into your home! Overgrown shrubs damage your siding, windows, and roof. Vegetation near/against the house will lead to moisture damage, mold, rot, and climbing plants.
Prune tree limbs 6' to 8' back from your home, and shrubs should be back at least 18". When planting new shrubs they should be 3' to 5' away, depending on height. Trees should never be planted any closer than 8' from the house. Do not prune your spring bloomers until they are through flowering.
Once your trees are in good shape, the lawn is next. First up are lawn pests: grubs and sod webworms feed near the surface in the spring so when inspecting the lawn for dead, fading and/or spongy areas you may actually see the grubs. GET RID OF THEM!
Rake these areas to remove all dead grass, then seed. To germinate, barely cover the seeds and water daily.
Clean out the gardens of debris from last year and start the yearly battle with weeds. Starting in the spring will reduce the chances of spreading. If you are planning on using a spray pick one that will not kill grass and plants. If you plan to take care of it by hand, wait until after a rain, the soil will be softer.
Compost the debris and muck from your water garden. Feed fish when you have a sustained 50-degree water temperature.
Aerate and turn your compost pile, screen any you plan to use in the next few weeks to get it ready.
Finally, inspect your birdhouses and replace or add them to attract birds to eat the grubs and other insects all summer long.
Brendan & Mary Ellen Flaherty
The Flaherty Team
at RE/MAX Advantage Realty